Pittsburgh Pridefest Faces Backlash After Iggy Azalea Named as Headliner
Iggy Azalea is in hot water once again.
The Australian rapper was recently announced as the headliner for Pittsburgh Pridefest, but many in the Pittsburgh LGBTQ community aren't having it -- there are now protests and petitions against both the event and the star.
The Pittsburgh City Paper reports that the unhappiness actually began before Azalea was announced as a performer. Some locals are upset because they believe the Pridefest has become an event that isn't inclusive to everyone: "Since Delta took [Pride] over, it's been a white, cis, gay man's event," a critique reads. The Delta Foundation puts on the annual event.
For many, the inclusion of Azalea -- who allegedly has her own less-than-ideal history with racist and homophobic remarks -- is the final straw.
In a statement to the Pittsburgh City Paper following online petitions, the Delta Foundation said, in part, "If we believed that Iggy Azalea was racist or homophobic, we certainly would not have selected her to headline Pittsburgh Pride. We also don't believe she would have agreed to come if she was racist or homophobic. Iggy is a highly regarded artist and female entertainer and we have received a tremendous amount of positive messages from members of the community and our allies both locally and nationally that are excited that she will be performing at Pittsburgh Pride."
A rep for Azalea did not immediately respond to Billboard's request for comment.