Iggy Azalea Pulls Out Of Pittsburgh Pride Event After Backlash, Petitions (PHOTO)
Iggy Azalea has pulled out of a Pittsburgh Pride event after several weeks of backlash and petitions to have the rapper removed from the schedule. See full statement below.
Azalea was hired to headline Saturday’s Pittsburgh Pride in the Street concert, but many involved, including LGBT community groups, objected to her participation because she has previously made homophobic comments and used derogatory terms, including the phrase “d*ke bitches.” In a statement posted to Twitter on Monday night, the Australian musician announced she decided to drop out of the event due to the controversy.
In a post titled “A message to Pittsburgh,” Azalea says:
“I am truly disappointed that I have to share this news, but I will no longer be performing at Pittsburgh Pride on June 13th. 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 trute 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. 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.”
The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh, which had selected Azalea as the headliner, says it is now working to find a replacement. In its own statement, which references Caitlyn Jenner, the organization’s board says:
“Since our initial announcement, 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. We are meeting with key LGBT leaders to start a discussion that will make our collective community even stronger.”
Azalea’s announcement comes just after she canceled her previously-postponed tour. As Gossip Cop reported, the musician said she needed a break, and would schedule a new tour timed to her next album. What do you think of Azalea quitting the Pittsburgh Pride event?