Ellie Goulding Forces The Salvation Army To Take A Stand
Singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding recently made headlines after threatening to pull out of the NFL Thanksgiving Day halftime show over the show’s sponsor – The Salvation Army. It’s probably no surprise to anyone that The Salvation Army faced many claims over the years that they are against the LGBTQ community in various ways. Not only have they supported and donated money to anti-eLGBTQ organizations, OUT magazine reported that they will not house same-sex couples and even have gone as far as endorsing conversion therapy. A leaked letter about their stance on marriage equality did not help any of these claims.
Goulding’s decision was sparked by Instagram of all places. After posting about the show, one Instagram follower made it a point to bring the organization’s alleged policies to her attention. After seeing the comment, Goulding responded by saying, “Upon researching, I have reached out to the Salvation Army and said that I would have no choice but to pull out unless they very quickly made a solid, committed pledge or donation to the LGBTQ community.”
David Hudson, who is a a spokesman for the Salvation Army, eventually responded to Goulding by issuing the following statement. “With an organization of our size and history, myths can perpetuate,” he wrote, according to NBC News. “An individual’s sexual or gender identity, religion, or lifestyle has no bearing on our willingness to provide service. We stand firmly behind our mission to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”
Although it is unclear whether or not a financial donation towards an LGBTQ+ org was made, Goulding agreed to let the show go on. Hudson released another statement thanking Goulding. “We’d like to thank Ellie Goulding and her fans for shedding light on misconceptions and encouraging others to learn the truth about The Salvation Army’s mission to serve all, without discrimination,” he said. “We applaud her for taking the time to learn about the services we provide to the [LGBTQ+] community.”
Goulding went on to perform hit songs, ‘Burn’ and ‘Close to me’ at Thursday’s halftime show in support of the non-profit’s holiday season Red Kettle Campaign. Check it out.