Iggy Azalea announced on Monday that she will no longer be performing at this weekend’s Pittsburgh Pride due to criticism she has received from the LGBT community for tweets the singer has sent out that have been seen as homophobic and racist.
Azalea sent the message to the city of Pittsburgh via Twitter, saying to 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.”
Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus was among those who protested Azalea’s inclusion in the event, and several groups canceled scheduled appearances for the June 14 event.
“Our board voted last week to not march in the Pittsburgh Pride parade, due to the insensitive choice of Iggy Azalea as headliner,” said Vanessa Davis, of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Last year, after Azalea broke out thanks to her hit song “Fancy,” it was revealed she had posted tweets that included gay slurs in 2010 and 2011.
“[Homophobia] comes from ignorance and homophobes not being around enough gay people,” Azalea told The Advocate in an April 2014 interview when asked about homophobia in hip-hop culture. “People just need to be exposed to it long enough for it to not be scary anymore. That’s the case with a lot of rappers. They haven’t been around very many different people, and a lot of them aren’t very well traveled. It’s just a lack of culture.”
Azalea also recently canceled her Great Escape Tour, citing a “creative change of heart.”