Washington, D.C. rapper Wale is being criticized by the organizers of the DC Black Pride festival for canceling his headlining performance at the LGBT event.
Wale was supposed to be the headlining performer on Sunday, May 30th during the gay-friendly event, which takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown D.C.
DC Black Pride board member Earl Fowlkes claimed Wale was homophobic and cancelled his appearance at the event.
”Basically we had an agreement, and we were very clear to the different parties and agents involved that this was an LGBT event,” Fowlkes told the D.C. Metro Weekly. ”What happened is that when the first blast went out that Wale was going to be at Black Pride he got cold feet, and his agent first said Wale wasn’t available because he had to do family stuff. Then we got another e-mail saying he didn’t know what kind of event this was when he agreed to it.”
A representative for Wale blamed the cancellation on the rapper’s extensive touring schedule and his desire to spend time with his family, in addition to recording a new album.
”All of the facts of the event were not disclosed with the offer and therefore, he feels mislead and regretfully declines,” his representative, Jesse Kirshbaum added.