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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Nick Jonas Replacing Iggy Azalea at Pittsburgh Pride Event

Photo courtesy of Brennan Schnell

After Iggy Azalea’s withdrawal, Nick Jonas will be replacing the rapper to headline the Pittsburgh gay pride event on Saturday. The choice of Azalea as headline performer had been heavily criticized because she had consistently made racist and anti-gay remarks on social media. Lots of other performers had quit when she had been chosen. Some other stars that will be performing at the event include DJ Strobe, DJ Digital Dave, Chance Encounters, Thea Trix and Steel Pan Pittsburgh.

It seemed rather natural to opt for Nick Jonas in order to replace Azalea. Not only does the 22-year-old singer has a sizeable gay following, but the former Jonas Brothers front man also plays the role of a gay boxer on Kingdom, a DirecTV series. Azalea had dropped out because the Delta Foundation, the event organizer and the rapper herself had been facing pressure from advocacy groups who stated that the remarks she had made on social media networks weren’t consistent with the whole purpose of the event.

Azalea expressed her regret for the remarks she had made previously and asserted that they weren’t reflective of her belief in equality and her character. 

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