Carly Rae Jepsen's selection as a performer for July's Stadium of Fire at Brigham Young University could be awkward when she performs in front of the largely conservative audience in one of America's reddest states.
The presenters of the Stadium of Fire, the non-profit organization America's Freedom Festival, take great pains to find musicians who closely align with the potential audience's values.
Jepsen made headlines in mid-March when she dropped out of the Boy Scout Jamboree because the organization bans gay scouts and leaders. She did say yes to headlining this month's White Party T-Dance in Palm Springs, a massive gay-pride festival.
Her position is not shared by much, if not most, of the generally conservative audience expected to attend the event.
America's Freedom Festival board member Brett Walker addressed Jepsen’s recent activities by saying that America’s Freedom Festival respects all freedoms, including freedom of speech.
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