Carly Rae Jepsen was one of two popular singing acts to back out of this summer's National Scout Jamoree. The singer of the hit song "Call Me Maybe" canceled her performance at the event in protest of the Boy Scouts of America's national bans on gays. In a report by MTV News on Thursday, Jepsen felt like she was doing the right thing and she hopes her action helps end the policy.
She told MTV: "I mean, it was sort of one of those things that I kind of have my opinions about, and everyone's entitled to their own, but it wasn't necessarily something that I felt comfortable backing once I learned more about it. And that being said here's hoping they make the right decision and I'm praying that moves like this will help."
Jepsen's decision to pull out of the event came a day after pop rock group Train cancelled their performance. She also responded to an online petition started by Eagle Scout Derek Nance to show that BSA's policy will be tolerated. The petition drew over 62,000 signatures.
The pop singer finally responded on Twitter:
"As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer."
With a strong following in the LGBT community, Jepsen pledged to continue to support the ongoing battle for gay rights which by taking this stand against the Boy Scouts, she is opposed of the current policy and really hopes that the organization make a change in the policy to be inclusive to everyone.
The Boy Scouts will continue with the Jamoree and as a BSA spokesperson stated, "appreciate everyone's right to express an opinion."