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Megan Thee Stallion cancels performance citing Astroworld Festival tragedy: 'Houston is still healing’
A Houston rapper who was due to headline a charity concert this weekend has pulled out of the show, citing the loss of the city’s own AstroTurf.
Noel Stone – who goes by the stage name Megan Thee Stallion – wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday, that Astroworld Festival, where rapper Lil Xan was killed in a car crash on Tuesday, has “really hit Houston in the face like a hurricane”.
In a separate post on Instagram on Friday, Thee Stallion confirmed she had cancelled her AstroTurf gig at Ladies & Gentleman’s Society in downtown Houston because of the “unacceptable risks” of the field.
She wrote: “Houston is still healing and they’re asking me to come and do an AstroTurf concert. I can’t sit here and pretend to be happy about it.”
Megan Thee Stallion (@MeganTheeStallion) Dejure risk is not worth temporary profits. Houston is still healing & they’re asking me to come and do an AstroTurf concert. I can’t sit here and pretend to be happy about it. Please don’t let that happen for your daughters and grandchildren. Sorry… https://t.co/GKeB9eW3fF
The deans of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, known as the Black Men of Houston, told the local outlet Houston Chronicle that they contacted Billboard to help Thee Stallion perform the concert, the proceeds of which would benefit Houston-based Girls Inc.
“We want the community to know this is a charity that is deeply rooted in giving back to our local community to help provide opportunities for young people,” Black Men of Houston director O’Brien said in a statement on Thursday.
It is unclear whether the Girls Inc. charity still stands to benefit from the cancellation.