Wale Backs Out Of Gay Pride Event, Deemed 'Homophobic'

Wale Backs Out Of Gay Pride Event, Deemed 'Homophobic'

Published May 21, 2010

Wale has some explaining to do. The Washington, D.C. MC is catching heat for backing out of his hometown's Black Pride event at the last minute.

The event sponsored by the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) community was scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 30 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center with Wale as the headliner.

According to the D.C. Black Pride board member Earl Fowlkes, Wale was well aware of the event's demographic, but backed out at the last minute.

"Basically, we had an agreement, and we were very clear to the different parties and agents involved that this was an LGBT event,"  Fowlkes explained to 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.''

Wale's reps explained that the rapper had to cancel his performance due to an extensive tour schedule. In addition, Wale decided it was important to spend time with his family and start work on his sophomore project.

"All of the facts of the event were not disclosed with the offer and therefore, he feels mislead and regretfully declines,"  Jesse Kirshbaum, Wale's rep stated.

Wale has yet to comment on the issue.

Written by <P>By Nile Ivey, BET.com Staff </P>

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