Folks in Pittsburgh have been up in arms ever since it was announced that Iggy Azalea would be headlining the city’s Pride festival this weekend. But they can all relax because the 25-year-old rapper just announced she won’t be making an appearance after all.
Upon learning Azaela would be performing, several LGBT groups, including the Pittsburgh chapter of Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, pulled their sponsorships, citing a string of homophobic and racist tweets the Australian hip hop artist wrote back in 2010 as their reason for doing so.
One of the tweets read: “When guys whisper in each others ears I always think its kinda homo.”
Another said: “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 was also accused of being racist for writing tweets such as, “When the relay starts, I’m a runaway slave-master” and “Just saw 5 black men get arrested out the front of popeyes. #damn #stereotypes.”
In a lengthy statement posted to her Twitter page this week, the “Trouble” songwriter said she would no longer be performing at Pittsburgh Pride, then she apologized for her past.
“I am firm believer in equality,” she wrote. “Unfortunately in the past as a young person, I used words I should not have. The last thing I want is for something so careless said to be interpreted as reflective of my character.”
She continued: “As an adult I would never use them because I understand they play a detrimental role in the fight for issues that I do truly believe in.”
What do you think? Should Azalea have been axed from the lineup for flippant tweets she wrote five years ago? Sound off in the comments below.