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On Tuesday, English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding warned that she will cancel her scheduled performance on Thanksgiving at halftime of the Dallas Cowboys football game unless the Salvation Army makes a “solid, committed pledge or donation to the LGBTQ community.”

Earlier this week Goulding excitedly wrote on Instagram, “Ok this is going to be LIT (can I say that when I’m 32) I’m excited to announce I’ll be kicking off the @salvationarmyus Red Kettle Campaign at the @dallascowboys halftime show this Thanksgiving! I can also confirm that @the_kearnal_86 will hereby be launching his acting career. Tune in to CBS for the game and join us this holiday season in the #FightForGood.”

On Tuesday, she added on Instagram, “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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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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But after fans of hers convinced her that the Salvation Army was hostile to the LGBT movement, as FOX4 reported, Goudling wrote, “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. 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.”

A spokesperson for the Salvation Army told NBC5, “With an organization of our size and history, myths can perpetuate. 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.”

The Salvation Army USA website states:

Almost one-third of transgender people have been rejected from an emergency shelter. The Salvation Army created a dorm in Las Vegas to offer safety and shelter to this group, which is statistically more vulnerable to assault … LGBTQ youth contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth. With a presence in every zip code in the nation, we’re committed to providing spiritual and emotional care to those in need regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Pro Football Talk noted, “The Cowboys have hosted the Red Kettle Kickoff show since 1997, with the campaign raising more than $2.4 billion, according to the team’s media guide. The funds support Christmas toys for children in need as well as social service programs throughout the year.”

The Dallas Morning News provides more details about the Salvation Army’s fundraising campaign, which the organization has been conducting for nearly 130 years and has raised over $140 million:

The campaign that the halftime show heralds, now in its 129th year, ends on Christmas Eve and is geared toward providing shelter and meals for people dealing with homelessness and hunger. It also supports Christmas toys for children, as well as other social service programs. Last year, the campaign, which the Salvation Army touts as “the largest and longest-running fundraiser of its kind,” brought in $142.7 million.

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MICHAEL November 14, 2019
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Still don't know who she is or why I should even care. She aint gotta come here and do diddley. In fact, to quote my sainted grandmother, "Well, she can just eat shit and die."
Andy Barger November 14, 2019
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Ok. Move along then. You don't get to say who the Salvation Army gives money to. Is the LGBTQSBZ123 community hungry or need toys or needy? That is who the Salvation Army helps. Ellie, we will get another singer. No problem.
Softballumpire November 14, 2019
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This is the first I had encountered such extortion. I hope she cancels. Duplicity is duplicity. I hope the Salvation Army refuses to meet her demands & accepts
Fred Sheehan November 14, 2019
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Ellie Goulding, thank you for refusing to perform during the Thanksgiving NFL show. Everyone will be spared.
LST November 14, 2019
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To hell with the damned faggot bastards.
yankeeyob November 14, 2019
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Let her cancel. No big deal
Vincent Frantantoni November 14, 2019
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Go back to England, you who I never heard of. Don't tell us how to run our country or our organizations. I am sure one of our great American High School bands can provide better half time entertainment than you. Bye-bye.
Ellen K November 14, 2019
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I was banned from Twitter for a week for daring to call out Ellie Goulding for her ignorant actions based on the tweets of a few triggered fans. Salvation Army uses the Red Kettle Campaign to fund much of the assistance they give to homeless and jobless families. Many kids will only have Christmas because of SA. I have never seen SA turn away anyone. When tornadoes hit Dallas earlier this month, Salvation Army was on the scene immediately with hot food clothing, transportation and communication facilities. I didn't see Red Cross in these areas at all. I am sick and tired of celebrities using their virtue signaling nonsense to punish organizations that are literally doing the most good. I doubt in her entire life would Ellie Goulding help as many people as Salvation Army has helped. For daring to state these facts on Twitter, I was banned. So Twitter is now protecting celebrities from the folly of their own ignorance. Great.
Scotty November 14, 2019
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I would have Told that thing You don't have to Cancel because You are being Replaced, she is from the UK Never heard of Her till i read this article, stay in the UK & sing and make Your Demands there
Larry November 14, 2019
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Bye Felicia....
Oh No November 14, 2019
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Who???? Ok Bye !!!! person I don't know, haven't heard of , and don't care about. And how random? Why the Salvation Army? Weirdo! Your Country is doing so awesome by the way huh? Since it will be on Thanksgiving, an American Holiday, many will be giving thanks if you don't sing. So hopefully the Salvation Army will ignore you.
Patriot1951 November 14, 2019
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I hope the Salvation Army thumbs their noses at your ridiculous extortion demands and leaves you eating crow for Thanksgiving.. Conservatives will make up any losses the wonderful SA organization suffers because of your insulting and ludicrous threats.
Joe Chytil November 14, 2019
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So go back to the UK, we don't need you here, I never even heard of you so no loss at all
Kim November 14, 2019
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Go to hell you stupid bitch. Bet your gay loving ass they can find someone else. You will burn in hell just like them.
Alfred E Newman November 14, 2019
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How low can you go. The Salvation Army is one of the most if not the most chartible organization on the face of the earth. To threaten this organization is unthinkable. Please do not appear. Go away and don't let the door hit you in the ass. Please Cowboys tell her to drop dead on her demands.
Kendrick Prater November 14, 2019
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Don't know who she is & don't care. Tell her to stay home. Tired of people throwing out meaningless threats!
Alex November 14, 2019
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There's plenty of other entertainers out there than ones who use threats to get their way.
Julie November 14, 2019
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Have never heard of this idiot!
Mary November 14, 2019
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Get rid of Goulding, replace her with a country singer. She is a jackass, demanding they cave-in to her stupid demand
Stephen November 13, 2019
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Good then we'll find someone else then, SA has its needs 2 meet, dont add more
Earnie Bailey November 13, 2019
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The NFL should cancel her appearance. We do not need to worry about finding entertainment. Besides, this gay shit is out of hand. Keep it behind closed doors where it belongs.
Sharron Powers November 13, 2019
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talk about quid pro quo!
Randie November 13, 2019
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Please Quit. Not a great singer, but Nobody Cares
Eleanor November 13, 2019
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There's a Guy on Facebook named Gary Pecorella! He wrote a song "Save America" which is all over the Facebook, has been played at Conservative meetings, and I've seen it on Youtube. I'll bet he'd be more than willing to sing his song for ALLthe American Patriots at the game!! I believe he lives on the east coast. Anyway, he sure is more patriotic than this blackmailing witch!!
Michael November 13, 2019
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OK. Bye.
Chaz November 13, 2019
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Leave the SA alone to do their good works and keep the fucking politics out of it, especially the PC political nonsense. They don't have a litmus test to determine who gets food or shelter - so this bitch can take her attitude back to the UK or stuff it up her ass.
cas November 13, 2019
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Bye, lets get someone more patriotic.
Dennis George Orr November 13, 2019
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This entertainer is 'expendable'! The gross extortion of her demand is unpalatable. Let her sing to her fellow perverts in the 'Cesspool Bowl'. When will this insanity be rejected and the adults take back their responsibility?
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