Australian rapper Iggy Azalea will no longer be performing at Pittsburgh’s Pride event, scheduled for this weekend (June 13). The cancellation is a result of criticism from the local LGBT community over some of her past, deleted -- but archived -- tweets, which they characterize as homophobic.
Azalea announced the news via a statement on Twitter, writing in part: “Unfortunately in the past as a young person, I used words I should not have…I meant no harm and deeply regret ever uttering those words.”
In one of the tamer tweets, which she wrote in 2010, Azalea said: "When guys whisper in each other's ears I always think it's kind of homo."
Considering the controversy, Azalea said that her appearance would only be a distraction from the event’s true purpose.
Pittsburgh’s Delta Foundation orchestrated the booking and noted on their Facebook page that they’re searching for a replacement.
However, some Pittsburgh residents aren’t pleased with the outcome. Several asked for a refund via Facebook, complaining that they paid to see Azalea, not a back-up.
The rapper backing out of the gig comes on the heels of an even bigger unbooking – Azalea recently canceled her 2015 Great Escape Tour, due to a “different creative change of heart."
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