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Iggy Azalea dropped from Pittsburgh Pridefest after protests

“I am a firm believer in equality. Unfortunately in the past as a young person, I used words I should not have.”

Iggy Azalea, Credit - Ralph Arvesen / Flickr
Iggy Azalea, Credit – Ralph Arvesen / Flickr

Iggy Azalea, in a statement announcing that she would not be performing at Pittsburgh Pridefest. Azalea’s presence had been objected to by protestors who claim that she is “a known homophobic, racist, culturally appropriating ‘rapper’.”

She stated that she withdrew as her presence would “further distract from the true purpose of the event.”

The “Fancy” singer’s tweets have since been deleted, but have been archived by the internet. They included messages such as “Just saw 5 black men get arrested out the front of popeyes. #damn #stereotypes” and “When guys whisper in each others ears I always think its kinda homo”.

“The last thing I want is for something so carelessly said to be interpreted as reflective of my character,” Azalea’s statement continued. “I meant no harm and deeply regret ever uttering those words.”

It’s another knock for the Australian rapper, who had to cancel her Great Escape tour this year due to low ticket sales, according to Billboard.

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