After controversy surrounding their latest YouTube video, internet favourites ‘Queens of Pop’ will no longer appear on the main stage at this years Manchester Pride festival next month.
The video featuring a parody of Will I Am, was branded by some as racist and was removed from YouTube today.
Manchester Pride CEO, John Stewart confirmed the decision and spoke out earlier this afternoon.
“Following discussions with the group, Queens of Pop have announced they will not be performing as part of the Manchester Pride main stage line-up. “Manchester Pride and the group shared concerns that the controversy surrounding their appearance has threatened to overshadow the celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender life in Greater Manchester and divert campaigning effort from shining a light on the very real prejudice and discrimination faced by LGBT people around the globe. We respect that decision. “We hope that our efforts can now focus on organising four days of first class entertainment over the Manchester Pride Big Weekend, promoting the diverse range of events on offer throughout August, as part of the Manchester Pride Fringe, and raising as much money as possible for LGBT and HIV charities and community groups.”
However, whilst Manchester Pride Limited, the official organisers of the event appear to be out of the picture, it seems that it may not be the end of Pride for QOP who announced on their facebook page….
“So after much deliberation we have decided to pull out of Manchester Pride. We would like to thank the organisers but we don’t want the controversy to over shadow the event.
Like lots of comedy our show is edgy, provocative and sometimes close to the bone and that wont be changing.
To our Manchester fans – you will still be able to see us over the Pride weekend – details will follow”.