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Singer Ellie Goulding Changes Her Mind After Salvation Army-LGBT Clash, Will Perform on Thanksgiving

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After threatening not to perform at halftime of the Thanksgiving Day NFL game hosted by the Dallas Cowboys, singer Ellie Goulding will sing after all, according to officials with the Salvation Army.

The performance during the game between the Cowboys and Buffalo Bills at AT&T Stadium was scheduled to be part of the kickoff of the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle campaign.

Goulding had spoken glowingly about the organization on social media.

“Ok so maybe hairnet not my strongest look but thank you @salvationarmyus for having us in New York,” she posted Nov. 12 on her Instagram account. “As you know, I have spent a lot of time in shelters in London, and this was my first time in NYC…

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“The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need. I sat and spoke to several people who had come in from the bitter cold for some food (they serve to over 150 per day here) , warmth and perhaps a chat with one of the volunteers.”

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Ok so maybe hairnet not my strongest look but thank you @salvationarmyus for having us in New York. As you know, I have spent a lot of time in shelters in London, and this was my first time in NYC… The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need. I sat and spoke to several people who had come in from the bitter cold for some food (they serve to over 150 per day here) , warmth and perhaps a chat with one of the volunteers. 🙏🏼

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After accepting the halftime gig, however, Goulding was attacked by some who claim the Salvation Army mistreats the LGBT community.

She announced on Instagram that she wouldn’t perform if it meant “supporting an anti-LGBTQ charity.”

“Upon researching this, I have reached out to The Salvation Army and said that I would have no choice but to pull out unless they very quickly make a solid, committed pledge or donation to the LGBTQ community,” Goulding said, according to The Dallas Morning News. “I am a committed philanthropist as you probably know, and my heart has always been in helping the homeless, but supporting an anti-LGBTQ charity is clearly not something I would ever intentionally do. Thank you for drawing my attention to this.”

However, after some very fast communication with Goulding, National Commander of the Salvation Army David Hudson told Fox News that the issue had been resolved.

“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,” Hudson said in a statement. “We applaud her for taking the time to learn about the services we provide to the LGBTQ community. Regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity, we’re committed to serving anyone in need.”

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Maj. Jon Rich, a Salvation Army area commander covering the Dallas area, spoke with The Morning News about the organization’s response to Goulding’s concerns.

Rich said the group’s leadership was “taken aback” by Goulding’s threat to cancel the show.

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“We jumped into action to say, ‘Wow, we really need to respond to this and help Ellie feel good about representing this national Kettle Kickoff in support of all the people that we serve all year long,'” he said. “Our team at national met with Ellie’s team and really talked through and helped her understand our non-discrimination policies — the way that we truly are — have open arms for anyone who’s in need regardless of their situation.”

Rich said there is a silver lining in being made to disprove allegations that are false.

“It brings attention to how inclusive we are as an organization and serving everyone no matter who they are, what their sexual orientation is, what their station in life is,” he said. “We serve without discrimination. It’s our international mission statement that we serve human needs without discrimination.”

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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