Iggy Azalea Cancels Appearance at Pittsburgh Event

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After a campaign carried out by LGBTQ activists, Iggy Azalea decided to pull out of a performance this weekend at the Pittsburgh Pride Event. The members belonging to the LGBTQ community sent criticism towards the rapper because of some controversial tweets she had made in the past, leading to her decision of pulling out of the festival altogether. The chart-topping rapper was set to deliver her performance on June 13th. However, Bruce Kraus, the Pittsburgh City Council president also joined the protests against Iggy Azalea.

Apart from that, a number of other artists who had been scheduled to perform at the event also pulled out of their performances when they found out the choice of headliner. The rapper revealed her decision in the form of a tweet in which she said that it wasn’t her intention to distract anyone from the true purpose of the entire event. She also gave an apology for any offensive comments and statements she may have made in the past, which the critics said were homophobic and racist.

She said that she deeply regretted all the words she had uttered when she was young. The Pittsburgh Pride event was one of the few events that were left on the rapper’s tour roster in this year after her last month’s decision to cancel the Great Escape Tour. When the complaints against Iggy Azalea had first begun in May, the Delta Foundation, the organizers of the festival had defended their decision. They stated that they would never have booked the rapper to perform if they thought she was homophobic or racist.

Earlier this week, Ten Walls, the Lithuanian electronic producer made some homophobic comments online, which led to him being removed from festival appearances at Creamfields and Sonar. Subsequently, he issued an apology and cancelled all his performances. The Pittsburgh Pride event is the topper of bad news for Iggy Azalea. She had previously cancelled her tour stating that she had had a change of heart. Furthermore, a petition had also been going around in May requesting for the removal of the Australian rapper’s Billboard Award because it claimed that ‘Fancy’, her song was ineligible. The petition received 20,000 signatures.

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