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Girl Scouts Drop Boy Band After New Video Shows Young People Partying

The band Allstar Weekend's newest video displays values that are "clearly inconsistent" with those of the Girl Scout organization, its leader said.

Allstar Weekend will not be playing in a major Girl Scout event in St. Louis next weekend following the discovery of a video that organizers say is not consistent with their values.

Allstar Weekend, who has gained popularity for appearances on the Disney Channel, was scheduled as the main act for the BIG Day FamFest, a large festival on Sept. 22 organized by Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri in downtown St. Louis. 

But the band has been pulled from the festival following the release of a music video for its song Life As We Know It. The video features what appears to be teen girls and boys drinking alcohol, smoking from a bong, stripping, throwing a chair in a swimming pool and throwing a bag of trash at a moving car.

Lyrics to the tune include "getting high and never growing up" and "When the sun comes up tomorrow we won't regret everything. We don't got no rules to follow. We can do it all over again."

These are not words that Girl Scouts should live by, said Donna Martin, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri.

"This is clearly not consistent with the Girl Scout mission, vision and core values," Martin said. "There is no way we can have a group that is not a family- or girl-friendly act as our lead group."

Once she was notified of the Allstar Weekend video on Thursday, she immediately decided the band had to be dropped from next Saturday's festival.

"The Girl Scouts are a values-based organization and we are always talking about doing the right thing," Martin said. "And, when you talk the talk you have to walk the walk, so we took a stand on this band."

Martin said the Girl Scouts are now negotiating with several groups that could replace Allstar Weekend in the lineup.

Other parts of the festival include a celebration of the organization's 100th anniversary with 100 exhibitors and vendors, a parade through downtown streets, and performances from two young stars.

Katherine Hughes, a competitor on Radio Disney's Next Big Thing talent competition, and Ryan Beatty, a 16-year-old "singing sensation" who has grown a fan base via YouTube. He has been featured on Billboard's Next Big Sound.

Kayla Pacenka September 15, 2012 at 02:45 AM
They don't know what they're missing. Allstar Weekend is the best band I know. The girl scouts are basing this off of one video. They didn't even let the boys explain.
me me September 15, 2012 at 04:32 AM
kayla-grow up & maybe you would have a clue w/a more mature brain in your head. your immature thought is why kids shouldn't have kids. give it 5-10 yrs & you'll get it.
Stacy Kerr September 15, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Explain? Realize this, kiddos - *everything* you put out there for the world to see is a piece of who you are. If you put it out to the public. Own it, take responsibility for it. If you don't want to have to explain it, don't put it on the internet!. Good for GS's!
Juliette Gordon Low September 15, 2012 at 06:09 PM
TASTE THE IRONY, PEOPLE. If this was a girl band, they would probably get a free pass. Girl Scouts is suddenly going to pretend to have moral standards when they promote BOOKS WRITTEN BY WOMEN in their own Journey curricula that are just as inappropriate. That's right, "Gate to Women's Country" by Sheri S. Tepper ("GIRLtopia" Journey) and "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi ("Agent of Change" Journey) are recommended reading for girls as young as nine years old. Gate uses the f-word throughout and has sex freely smattered in a feminist sci-fi utopia. Persepolis is a graphic novel that praises Marxism, shows drug use, uses profanity, mocks Catholic nuns, is anti-American and has an entire chapter entitled, "The Pill." HYPOCRITES. BOYCOTT GIRL SCOUT COOKIES.
ashley September 16, 2012 at 01:24 AM
I've been in the same Girl Scout troop for ten years! For my seventeenth birthday I'm bringing four of my best friends, who are also Girl Scouts, to an Allstar Weekend concert. What this article does not show you is their other music which does not contain any cuss words, is well written, and just a great beat. These boys have worked their butts off to be on the Disney channell but now are all twenty two years old and have decided that they want an audience more their age. I obviously don't like the fact that there was drinking or the bong in the music video but the thing is none of the members of the band were doing any of those things! I think they're good people and have great music and that this is the Girl Scout's loss. I'mvery proud to be a Girl Scout but If MIley Cyrus was to perform they would probably let her even though she is under age, drinks, smokes, parties, and sings about sex while Allstar Weekned has one song, and one music video including those.
Get Real September 16, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Girl Scouts takes a moral stand? Ironic isn't it -- since the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri and their CEO Donna Martin, FUNDS the pro-comprehensive sex-education (ie. free sex and contraception for all regardless of age), abortion rights advocacy organization -- the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) through their annual World Thinking Day event every year. Or Mrs. Martin, did you decide to cut off your WAGGGS affiliation and funding? Awaiting your reply ....
Becca September 16, 2012 at 05:55 AM
haha they have explained this. I will promise you that the girl scouts of heard many songs that are more inappropriate than this on the radio. Oh well, it's the girl scouts loss of money, a great band, and people who will come to the event.
Demadubbersdoe September 16, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I think this whole cancellation from the girl scouts is so idiotic. Allstar Weekend is the best band I know. I was actually gonna go see this because they were gonna preform. Clearly I can't now..You people act like they were gonna show the music video at the concert. The GS based EVERYTHING that they have worked their little tails off for in ONE video. Yeah, smoking from a bong is bad. You act like they were the ones who were doing it. Their showing you life experiences. I mean, if your supporting the reason why they cancelled it whatever. But your children are gonna have to see some of this at one point or another. &What do you expect them to sing about? How little girls play with barbies? That's not their material. They aren't going to do something that isn't them. &One of the reasons in the video that's against "the girl scout code" is throwing a chair in a pool. C'MON! Are you serious? HAHAHAHAHAHA, that's a joke right? All you angry parents out their need to know that they've matured SO much since they've been on Disney channel. Their fan base is a lot more older than 10 year olds.
Demadubbersdoe September 16, 2012 at 01:30 PM
A lot older than 10 year olds*
T Foster September 17, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Excuse me but being in support of comprehensive sex-education does not promote "free sex" as you have put it. It teaches you that if you choose to have sex, then protect yourself from diseases and an unwanted pregnancy. It is a health issue not a moral issue. The US is way behind Europe in teaching these things and that is why the numbers of teen pregnancies in the US are more than all countries in Europe put together. Teaching abstinance only does not work and there are scientific statistics to prove it. Since WAGGGS is in the other countries, and their unwanted pregnancies are much, much lower than ours, I do believe they understand the issue much better than this country.
T Foster September 17, 2012 at 01:38 PM
If the members of Allstar Weekend have gotten older and decided to promote themselves to a different age group, that is just fine. I wish them well. However, if Girl Scouts choose not to support that, then that is fine, as well. There are those that say, "it was only one video". It doesn't matter if the members of the band were doing it or not, having it in the video and not disagreeing with it in the video, states that you support this type of action. There are plenty of places that Allstar Weekend can play their music without being at the Girl Scout funciton. Throwing a chair in a pool can be seen as violence. So the organization does not promote violence. If you were going to the event just to hear the band and for no other reason, then you would not be going for the right reasons anyway. The band has their choice of what type of music they play. The Girl Scouts has their choice of what they will promote. I have yet to understand why artists can't just go with their talents instead of adding curse words, violence, or use alcohol or drugs. They all keep looking for a "shock" value to their performances. One day you will be a parent. The choices you choose for your children will reflect in their lives and what they feel is right. Yes, adults may mess up things in the world but the young people of this world should wake up and see that they have the choice of "fixing" it. Don't follow in the footsteps of someone that has chosen the wrong path.
jane E. Petry September 17, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Great comment Juliette. What the parents of the St.Louis GIRL SCOUTS do not know is that on the shelves at the Girl Scout council girls can purchase PORN. This is trully a attempt to assure the public that they are looking out for girls when in fact they are taking $$$$$ for much worse. They are now providing cover ups for some of their filth. Most parents do not know that their girls are directed to MEDIA MATTERS of George Soros fame to get their facts. Parents also do not know that all of the girls are mbrs. of The Youth Corp by an agreement between Obamas own Janet Napolitino and GS. Very freightening. He who own our youth owns our country and they have a GS program named JOURNEYS to take your child to where they want her to be.
jane E. Petry September 17, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Donna Martin ceo of Girl Scouts of Eastern Mo. sent two young girls from this council to a World Conferrence where girls learn about abortion. It is presented as G.S. speak population control. Now as this event has not been well received and the numbers of registration are very low she acts as if to say we care. We know what your agenda is GSEM and although there is some good the overall program based on promoting abortion and promoting the sexuality of our kids is not in keeping with the Catholic faith of a large majoriity of your little cookie salesgirls.
GSMom September 17, 2012 at 09:41 PM
well said T Foster......
GSMom September 17, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I am happy that GS is not promoting this band, yes one song one video, but it is not a message the girl scouts should be receiving. By letting the band play they would be condoning this behavior. As far as the other allegations in regards to other instances. I'm just happy they are stepping up on this one,
AM September 20, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Kayla, What's to explain??? Their visuals and lyrics in this music video are NOT appropriate, and it makes sense for the Girl Scouts to not want to be promoting this band to the girls they serve.

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