After being snapped serving food to the homeless of New York, Ellie Goulding has threatened to pull out of performing at an NFL game unless the Salvation Army supports LGBT.
Goulding is due to perform at the Dallas Cowboys vs Buffalo Bills game on Thanksgiving Day.
‘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 commented.
‘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.”
The game will be played at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
She was happy to help the salvos in feeding the homeless in New York, commenting, “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.”
However, while she supports The Salvation Army and their Red Kettle Campaign, she gave the Christian charity an ultimatum.
As expected, the post received backlash from fans who condemned her for backing an organization that “did not support LGBTQ people”.
In response, Goulding said she couldn’t support an anti-LGBTQ organization and called upon the Salvation Army to make a donation. However, it is reported she will back down from the comments and perform as planned.