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Ellie Goulding threatens to cancel Salvation Army Thanksgiving gig unless they make LGBTQ donation

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Ellie Goulding threatens to cancel Salvation Army Thanksgiving gig unless they make LGBTQ donation
Ellie Goulding is still set to perform at the Dallas Cowboys vs Buffalo Bills game on Thanksgiving Day, after threatening to back out following a backlash from fans.

Last Thursday, the British singer was announced as the halftime act for the sports event at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

But a subsequent social media post about her work with a sponsor, The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, ended with her giving the Christian charity an ultimatum.

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After sharing pictures of herself helping feed homeless Americans in New York on Tuesday, one Instagram follower commented: ‘I am inspired by her work but this really isn’t it.’

Another said: ‘A little disappointed considering the salvation army has a long-standing history of anti lgbtq+ rhetoric. I appreciate the positive things they do but there are other, better organizations that don’t discriminate against others.’

Reacting to the new backlash Goulding commented: ‘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.’

However some social media users criticized her for the decision not to go ahead with the show that in the past 22 years, Keith Urban, Jonas Brothers, Destiny’s Child, Selena Gomez and Meghan Trainor have taken on.

The campaign, which begins on Thanksgiving Day and runs through Christmas Eve, is the largest and longest-running fundraiser of its kind and it raised $142.7million in 2018.

‘What are the lgbtq organizations doing to help the world in any way that can even come close?,’ a fan fumed. ‘@elliegoulding And you’re going to back out unless they donate to an lgbtq charity – that’s so weak.’

Another said: ‘The hungry shouldn’t be able to eat because you’re sensitive about the beliefs of those feeding them?’

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