Rapper Artist Wale Cancels D.C. Black Pride Gig: "I Didn’t Know Black Pride Was A Gay Event"

Turns out popular D,C.  rapper Wale is a raging homophobe and has canceled his scheduled headlining appearance DC’s Black Pride. Because he didn’t know it was a gay event.  (Hey Wale! Way to promote a stereotype there!)

Black Pride organizers were startled this week when they received two e-mails from Wale’s agent, one saying the rapper had to cancel due to “family obligations,” and the second saying he didn’t know Black Pride was a gay-related event when he agreed to appear. “We were clear about what kind of event this is,” [organizer Earl] Fowlkes told the Blade. “After doing this for 20 years, we certainly don’t want to put ourselves and the artist in an uncomfortable situation by not telling them what we are. “We’re Black Gay Pride, and the people coming out there are members of our community,” he said. “We made that very clear.” Fowlkes said Black Pride officials believe homophobia was the underlying reason that Wale cancelled his appearance. He said Wale’s agent has refunded an advance fee that Black Pride made to book the rapper, but noted the group is considering taking legal action for what Fowlkes described as a breach of contract.

Someone needs to inform Mr.Wale that THE GAY, much like THE BLACK, will not rub off on you.

And a note to DC’s Black Pride.  .Why would you book a str8 thug homophobic rapper for a Gay Pride event when there are plenty of gay artists  and gay friendly artistWe always look for some outsider to give us entertainment at our own community events when we have plenty of entertainers/performers who are part of our own community.Its GAY PRIDE for fucking christ sake,how about keeping it GAY.We need to support those in our community instead of all the time supporting non-gay folks,just because of their “well-known” status

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  1. And a note to DC's Black Pride. .Why would you book a str8 thug homophobic rapper for a Gay Pride event when there are plenty of gay artists and gay friendly artist. We always look for some outsider to give us entertainment at our own community events when we have plenty of entertainers/performers who are part of our own community.Its GAY PRIDE for fucking christ sake,how about keeping it GAY.

    Ummm because it's BLACK GAY PRIDE. You are aware that people have more than on identity right? Perhaps they chose him because he is a part of THEIR community. Being gay for many people is only one label out of many.

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