Ellie Goulding Threatens To Drop Out Of Cowboys Thanksgiving Game Halftime Show

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November 13, 2019 - 6:08 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Singer Ellie Goulding may not perform the halftime show at AT&T Stadium on Thanksgiving day after all.

The Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum singer-songwriter announced on Instagram that she was reconsidering her participation in the Salvation Army sponsored show after one of her fans claimed the organization was "extremely homo/transphobic."

Goulding shared a photo of herself in a hairnet, gloves and Salvation Army apron Tuesday morning, telling her 14.4 million Instagram followers about the good work the charity does for those struggling with "poverty, addiction and economic hardships."

That's when one of her followers chimed in, sparking Goulding to look into the allegations. 

"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. 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."

At this time, it's unclear whether Goulding will perform or not. 

Commissioner David Hudson, National Commander of The Salvation Army says in a statement:

"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."

People who come to The Salvation Army for assistance are served according to their need The Salvation Army's capacity to help, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. An individual's religion, lifestyle or sexual identity has no bearing on our willingness to provide service. For example, The Harbor Light Center in Minneapolis shelters about 550 people per night, estimating 20% of these people are members of the LGBTQ community; The Salvation Army was the first social services agency in San Francisco to offer detoxification facilities and care for those infected with HIV/AIDS; and created a dorm in Las Vegas to offer shelter to transgender people, a group who is statistically more vulnerable to assault.

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

Previous performers of the halftime show include: Luke Bryan, Selena Gomez, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, and Carrie Underwood.