Iggy Azalea has canceled her performance at this weekend’s Pittsburgh Pride following criticisms from some of the city’s LGBTQIA community over past Tweets, criticized as homophobic and racist.
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Azalea announced the news Monday on Twitter, telling her fans, “This has been a difficult decision as I truly support the event and LGBTQIA communities, however I feel my participation at this point would only serve to further distract from the true purpose of the event.”
A message to Pittsburgh pic.twitter.com/Jm6ZyX0Xyc
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) June 9, 2015
The anti-Azalea movement included Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus and led to a number of groups canceling their appearances at the June 14 event. Groups have even been planning alternative protest events during Azalea’s schedule performance.
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The “Fancy” rapper has brought on allegations of homophobia with since-deleted (but still archived) tweets such as “When guys whisper in each others ears I always think its kinda homo” and “wondered why my butt felt like it was about to grow legs, flip me off & walk away. then I remembered i played soccer yestrdy w 5 dyke bitches.”
Azalea recently canceled her Great Escape Tour due to a “creative change of heart,” but had kept Pittsburgh Pride and a number of other spot shows on the books.