Wale Called ‘Homophobic’ by D.C. Pride Organization
Washington D.C.’s own Wale might be a hometown favorite for some, but the rapper recently made a few enemies when he canceled a scheduled performance at the Black Pride festival, which kicks off on May 27 and wraps May 31. Wale was scheduled to headline a “gay-friendly” concert at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on May 30, but according to reports, the rapper has pulled out.
Now, the DC Black Pride board have a bone to pick with Wale and claim his actions are homophobic. ”We had an agreement, and we were very clear to the different parties and agents involved that this was an LGBT event,” Pride Festival rep. Earl Fowlkes told D.C.’s 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.”
According to Wale’s talent agent Jesse Kirshbaum, the rapper has canceled shows “in various markets in May alone due to his extensive spring touring of over 50 shows in March and April.’ However, Kirshbaum goes on to admit that Wale was not aware of the details of the event. ”All of the facts of the event were not disclosed with the offer and therefore, he feels mislead and regretfully declines,” Kirshbaum added.
Wale, an avid tweeter, has yet to formally address the accusations, but he recently tweeted “time to start workin on new music…not like twitter music..but like album number 2…soo no shows for a while #studiorat.”