Iggy Azalea Cancels Performance at Pittsburgh Pride
Photo by Harper Smith for Paper.
Iggy Azalea has been officially yanked from Pittsburgh Pride's performance line-up.
Azalea was supposed to headline the festivities this Saturday, June 13th, but has come to the "difficult decision" to no longer perform, as she feels her "participation at this point would only serve to further distract from the true purpose of the event." Which is a pretty fair estimation, as Azalea's booking led to significant backlash from the City Council President and Pittsburgh's LGBTQIA community, who called for the formation of an alternative "Roots Pride" celebration.
But why, you may ask? Well it's no secret that one of Iggy's lasting legacies has been her tendency toward for saying tone-deaf, insensitive things -- whether they be racist or homophobic. So it makes sense that the Pittsburgh LGBTQIA community wouldn't be very happy with a woman who is complicit with racial stereotypes and is a little too eager to yell "no homo." An especially cringe-worthy fact when the context and history of Pride celebrations are taken into account, as historians attribute the initiation of the Stonewall riots (which form the origins of Pride celebrations) to trans women of color.
Meanwhile, festival organizers at The Delta Foundation have been accused of failing to advocate "for anybody but affluent cis gay white men," by the anti-Azalea "Shut It DOWN (No ICKY at Pride 2015)" Facebook group that lead the charge to get her pushed off the bill -- another likely reason why the plug was pulled.
And while Azalea offered a few PR-approved words to explain herself -- a statement that basically amounted to "I was young and careless, I meant no harm" -- her joking statement to Paper back in 2012 about her managers "hating" her is starting to take on depressing new meaning.