Iggy Azalea Cancels Pittsburgh Pride Appearance Following Anti-Gay Remarks
The “Fancy” rapper has been under heavy scrutiny from the gay community for her homophobic remarks
Grammy decorated rapper Iggy Azalea has 99 problems and the gay community appears to be one. Following homophobic tweets, one of which read, “When guys whisper in each others [sic] ears I always think it’s kinda homo,” the Australian star has announced she will not perform at the upcoming Pittsburgh Pride in the Street on Saturday, June 13, 2015.
Azalea made the announcement Monday evening via Twitter, saying: “This has been a difficult decision as I truly support the event and LGBTIQA communities, however I feel my participation at this point would only serve to further distract from the true purpose of the event. I am a firm believer in equality. Unfortunately in the past as a young person, I used words I should not have. The last thing I want is for something so carelessly said to be interpreted as reflective of my character. I meant no harm and deeply regret ever uttering those words,” the statement continues. “As an adult I would never use them because I understand they play a detrimental role in the fight for issues that I do truly believe in. I am sorry to anyone I have offended or disappointed & I wish all my fans and friends participating in Pride the best of luck.”
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— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) June 9, 2015
Pittsburgh’s first openly gay elected official, City Council President Bruce Kraus, has said he will not participate in this year’s Pittsburgh Pride events, stating that he has “serious concerns” about the Pride organization’s long-term vision after initially offering Azalea a spot in the celebration.
Kraus told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “After much thought and careful consideration, I have chosen to stand in solidarity with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, the Garden of Peace Project and many other honorable groups and not participate in the Pittsburgh Pride activities this month.” Adding, “I do not take this step lightly. I take it arm-in-arm with the many others who stand ready to make holistic, inclusionary practices and policies the norm for the entire LGBTQIA+ community.”
The Delta Foundation originally selected Azalea for the leading role, but has since released the following statement.
“Since our initial announcement,” Delta’s statement reads, “we have been working very closely with Ms. Azalea’s management, publicists and agent regarding the concerns of some of our community. Pittsburgh Pride is about our community and allies coming together and showing how diverse and accepting we are as a city. Over the years, we have seen many hearts and minds change including support for marriage equality, treating all with dignity and respect and most recently the support for Caitlyn Jenner. We’re sorry that our headliner choice caused a division within our community but we believe that change happens through conversation.