( 4UMF NEWS ) Iggy Azalea Cancels Pittsburgh Pride Performance:
Iggy Azalea has made another great escape from performing onstage.
Just two weeks after announcing she was canceling her “Great Escape” arena tour, the Aussie rapper has dropped out of performing at Pittsburgh Pride on Saturday.
In a tweet posted Monday, the 25-year-old told fans that she was canceling in response to criticism from the city’s LGBT community, who believed that some of her past tweets were homophobic and racist.
The “Fancy” rapper said that she was disappointed to cancel, but made the “difficult decision” because she felt her “participation at this point would only serve to further distract from the true purpose of the event.”
“I am a 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 carelessly said to be interpreted as reflective of my character.
“I meant no harm and deeply regret ever uttering those words,” she added.
Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus, the city’s first openly gay elected official, was among those speaking out against Azalea’s scheduled appearance, with several groups also dropping out of the event in protest, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
When Azalea announced last week that she was pulling the plug on her “Great Escape” tour, she said she planned on keeping a handful of summer appearances, including Pittsburgh Pride. Her next scheduled appearance is at the Ottawa Bluesfest on July 11.