Ellie Goulding threatens to cancel Cowboys’ Thanksgiving performance

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Singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding is threatening to cancel her halftime appearance of the Cowboys-Bills game on Thanksgiving Day over her newfound concerns about the Salvation Army.

The halftime show annually kicks off the charitable organization’s Red Kettle Campaign, and this year’s performance is scheduled to air nationally on CBS.

The Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day game often ranks as the NFL’s most-viewed regular-season game.

An Instagram post made by Goulding on Tuesday morning, showing her helping at a Salvation Army center in New York, prompted critics of the Salvation Army to respond. While the post has almost 67,000 likes six hours later, some questioned Goulding’s support of the Salvation Army, which they accused of trans and homophobia.

Goulding, announced as the performer last Thursday, then made a demand of the Salvation Army.

“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,” she wrote on social media, via 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.”

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.

Last week, Goulding was quoted in the release announcing her as this year’s performer: “I am honored to perform at the Dallas Cowboys halftime show and kick off The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. With so many people in need, I believe it’s our duty to help, and I encourage everyone to donate to The Salvation Army. The money they raise during the Red Kettle Campaign will change lives for the better all year long.”

51 responses to “Ellie Goulding threatens to cancel Cowboys’ Thanksgiving performance

  1. “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.”

    Sounds like extortion to me. Give your money to someone I think should have it, or I don’t perform. Wonderful.

  2. If the Salvation Army contributes some money she still performs and event that the Salvation Army has zero connection to and couldn’t care less if she does or not.

  3. After further research, the Cowboys need to remove her from the show and select a more deserving performer, or I won’t watch the game.

  4. Ladies & gents, we’ve just found a new candidate to perform at halftime of the Super Bowl!

  5. It’s refreshing to see a member of Cancel Culture cancelling themselves instead of the rest of the world.

  6. Inclusion & diversity works best when it’s authentic. Forcing a charity (which is all about serving the greater good) to meet your LGBTQ+ demands seems a LITTLE outrageous. Woke culture, SMH

  7. Does any entertainer keep their opinion to themselves, or must we all be subjected to their ire; even on a football blog?

  8. troy43mvp says:
    November 12, 2019 at 5:00 pm
    What a coincidence. The Cowboys have not performed in quite a few Thanksgivings.

    The Cowboys are 30-19 on Thanksgiving. Not sure what game you are watching?

  9. Love me like you do, luh-luh-luh-luh-luh-luh-luh-luh-luh-luh-luh-luh-luh-luh-love me like you do.

    (Worst. Song. Ever.)

  10. I hope the Salvation Army responds with a contribution to lgbtzqw and then asks the Cowboys to replace the performer. That way they can tell this broad to take a hike without making it look like they are hating on a particular group.

  11. “An organization that does good is now being attacked like this. What odd times we live in.”

    Sure, an organization that discriminates against people does good. You have an odd concept of “doing good “.

  12. I guess these critics ignore all the good things that the Salvation Army does. If her extortion – that is what it is , extortion fails – then I could care less. I am sure the Cowboys could find another entertainer that would not mind helping a charity like the Salvation Army and also get some highly rated national TV exposure. The liberals forget that inclusion and tolerance works both ways and means that other people have the right to their own opinions. But tolerance to them is if you don’t agree with the liberal views, you are automatically evil.

  13. Um, who the hell is Ellie goulding? Don’t think many people care about her thoughts on lgbt when tuning in to a football game…

  14. I’m curious if members of the cancel culture also refuse to work with the Salvation Army’s other corporate partners, that would mean:

    No Google, No Amazon, No Target, No Walmart/Sam’s Club.

    No using FedEx or UPS to ship anything.

    I hope they don’t have AT&T or own a Ford.

    No shopping at The Home Depot, JC Penney, or Walgreens

    Definitely can’t fly on Delta or American Airlines

    I’m guessing that’d be a no, since that would be pretty inconvenient. But it’s easy to protest a Cowboys halftime show, so that’s what they do.

  15. I think the Salvation Army should respond by saying “So Ellie, who do you think we should not give assistance when we re-direct the funds as you request? We just want to make sure before we decide.”

  16. OK – show more halftime highlights or talk about the playoff picture from the studio. Who cares who performs at halftime?

  17. This wasn’t a benefit for the Salvation Army, it was for kids in need. How about you just stand on your personal morals -and- not protest something that is a -good- thing.

  18. Good for you. Now kiss your own philanthropist ass goodbye! You may be a star but you’re a star in Jerrah’s world. Hit the bricks!

  19. How much is she getting paid to perform? I would wager it is considerable for her to “advance” a philanthropic cause.

  20. I’ve never heard of her until today so maybe she got exactly what she wanted. That being said feeding the homeless is a worthy cause regardless of any religious beliefs they might have. She picked a strange hill to die on as I can’t imagine a more non threatening organization than the Salvation Army. Let someone else host it. I vote Snoop dog. He’s also not politically correct

  21. Why does everything have to come down to whether someone supports the LGBT community or not? When did that become the standard that everything is measured by?

  22. For those who haven’t seen first-hand what Salvation Army does, it is very moving. They off shelter and nourishment for the broken, the cold, the abused. Their shelters are the only hope for many in tough times and cold weather, and they are often filled with people in need. I don’t agree with Ellie Goulding picking this fight.

  23. Perhaps if she is so philanthropic she should donate her performance fee to an LGBTQ charity, or commit to match whatever the Salvation Army donates. Otherwise move along, nothing to see here.

  24. I’m just trying to remember when the last time we had a half time performer who could play an instrument better than a middle schooler in band class.

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