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Encore!: The week in music

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Madonna and Carly Rae Jepsen counter Boy Scouts' anti-gay stance: Two artists who may not be prominent on many Boy Scout iPods nevertheless took stances this week against the organization's ban on gay members. The Associated Press reported that Madonna addressed the GLAAD Media Awards last Saturday dressed in a Scout uniform. "I can build a fire," she said. "I know how to pitch a tent. I can rescue kittens from trees. Most importantly, I know how to scout for boys. I think they should change their stupid rules. When I think about young kids in America who are being bullied and tortured, who are taking their own lives because they feel alone and judged, outcast and misunderstood, I want to sit down and cry a river of tears. It's an atrocity to me. I don't accept it. I don't know about you, but I can't take this [expletive] anymore. That is why I want to start a revolution." WENN reported that Carly Rae Jepsen was scheduled to perform at the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree in West Virginia in July but canceled after learning the organization does not allow gay and transgender members. The band Train also canceled, according to the article. "It was sort of one of those things that I kind of have my opinions about," Jepsen told MTV News, "and everyone's entitled to their own, but it wasn't necessarily something that I felt comfortable backing once I learned more about it. Here's hoping they make the right decision, and I'm praying that moves like this will help."
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