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D.C. Rap Artist WALE Apologizes To Crowd At D.C. Black Pride Event – (Video)

Wale, a rap music artist from the Washington area was slated to perform for DC Black Pride, but his management apparently canceled after realizing that Black Pride was an event for the LGBT community. Many bloggers who disapproved of the cancellation picked up on the story. On his Twitter page, Wale seemed to say he knew nothing about the booking or cancellation. Adding to that, he seems to be saying here that he did not agree with his management’s decision to cancel.

”One thing I stand for is hip hop music. And hip hop music knows no race, no color, no age, no gender, no sexual orientation — none of that. So, the most important thing about it is the music, and if it makes the people feel happy, that’s what we hear. I will say, sometimes in this business you get aligned with people that don’t understand that, or don’t necessarily have the same beliefs that you do. And I apologize for not, you know, having my best foot forward to understand the people I’m in business with. And I’m going to do better. As we all do. People we — everyday we got to get better. So, I apologize on behalf of my team, for not being the way they’re supposed to be.” 

”My thing is, your personal life is your personal life…. Whether you agree with it or not, [homosexuality] is not going anywhere. It’s just something that you got to accept. They’re people just like you are. Taxpayer citizens just like you are…. I don’t personally know any gay people, but one thing I do know, we have the same heart and the same soul. It’s a fact of everyday life. At the end of the day, whether you’re straight, gay, Spanish, black, white, tall, short, you know — amputee or whatever — you just got to live your life.”

Wale, did indeed perform at DC Black Pride and spoke with MetroWeekly at th event

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