Just over a week after announcing the cancellation of her American tour, rapper Iggy Azalea is pulling out of another live performance. The “Fancy” hip-hop star was scheduled to perform this weekend at Pittsburgh Pride, but announced Monday that she is cancelling the performance due to criticism she has received from the LGBT community based on Tweets she previously posted before her stardom that were considered homophobic.
Azalea’s decision comes after several LGBT groups have canceled their participation in the even due to the rap star’s inclusion. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, one of those groups includes the Pittsburgh chapter of Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network. Vanessa Davis, who heads the LGBT organization, said her board voted to not march in the Pittsburgh Pride parade because of the “insensitive choice of Iggy Azalea.”
The event’s sponsor, Delta Foundation, has also drawn criticism and has been accused of turning a blind eye to global issues such as race and transgender discrimination. As pride is a celebration of inclusion and acceptation, having Azalea as a headliner would send the wrong message with the homophobic language she has used in the past. The Australian rapper has apologized for her mistakes and has made it clear that she is “a firm believer in equality. “In her message to Pittsburgh, posted on Twitter, she wrote:
“The last thing I want sis 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.”
The Australian rapper has come under fire since finding her fame in the United States. She has been involved in a few online feuds where her realness as a white hip-hop star in an African-American dominated art form was challenged. She has also dealt with gender-related issues. If anyone knows what the fight for acceptance encompasses, it is Iggy Azalea, which makes her previous comments even more disappointing to the LGBT community.