Azalea, who got engaged to Nick Young just last week, was originally slated to headline this weekend’s Pittsburgh PrideFest, a day-long, free gay pride parade that drew in nearly 100,000 people last year. But tweets that Azalea posted to her account a few years ago have re-surfaced, causing her to be nixed from the event, as the tweets have been viewed as both homophobic and racist.
The contentious tweets have since been deleted from Azalea’s account, but they’re still on the Internet. One reads, “When guys whisper in each others ears I always think its kinda homo.” Another reads, “Owwww studio. Me chief. You indian. I speak… You listen.”
Azalea posted the following, a “message to Pittsburgh,” to her Twitter last night in light of the discord.
A message to Pittsburgh pic.twitter.com/Jm6ZyX0Xyc
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) June 9, 2015
Many were upset with Pittsburgh PrideFest before Azalea was announced as a headliner, according to Billboard, but the addition of Azalea to the event was like adding fuel to the fire.
The Delta Foundation, responsible for Pittsburgh PrideFest, released a statement to the Pittsburgh City Paper amidst the upset: “If we believed that Iggy Azalea was racist or homophobic, we certainly would not have selected her to headline Pittsburgh Pride. We also don’t believe she would have agreed to come if she was racist or homophobic. Iggy is a highly regarded artist and female entertainer and we have received a tremendous amount of positive messages from members of the community and our allies both locally and nationally that are excited that she will be performing at Pittsburgh Pride.”
Lesson learned, people: What happens on the Internet, stays on the Internet. If you don’t have anything good to post, don’t post at all.