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Iggy Azalea thanks ‘everyone showing me hate’ after ‘blackfish’ criticism

Written by on 05/07/2021

Rapper Iggy Azalea has thanked “everyone showing me hate” after being accused of “blackfishing” and cultural appropriation in the video for her latest single.

The Australian star released I Am The Stripclub on Friday, and wears a dark wig and appears to have darker than usual make-up in one scene for the video – leading to accusations of “blackfishing”, or pretending to be black by changing her appearance.

After calling the criticism “ridiculous and baseless” over the weekend, the singer has now tweeted to say the publicity over the controversy has only helped to promote the song.

“To everyone showing me love: Thankyou for dedicating your day to me & helping me promote, I love you!” Azalea wrote on Twitter.

In response to the video, one Twitter user wrote: “Make no mistake. Celebrities do modern day blackface. It’s just become socially accepted because it’s so mainstream. COUGH COUGH @Iggyazalea, @KimKardashian @ArianaGrande @KendallJenner to name a few.”

Iggy Azalea at the third annual TIDAL X Benefit Concert held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in 2017. Pic: AP/Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx
Image: Azalea, pictured in 2017, says she is wearing the same make-up as she usually wears in the video. Pic: AP/Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx

Another wrote: “Can someone please tell #IggyAzalea that she’s not a person of color?”

Azalea responded to both supporters and critics over the weekend, saying the foundation she is wearing in the video is the same shade she has worn for three years, but the room is “dimly lit” with red lighting.

“Suddenly I wear a black wig in a club scene & its an issue,” she responded to one tweet.

Azalea even shared a picture of her foundation shades online.

And a make-up artist who worked with her on the video also jumped to the rapper’s defence, writing: “She literally wore the same face makeup during every scene of the video… i would know, i did it.”

Azalea, real name Amethyst Amelia Kelly, is best known for hits including Fancy with Charli XCX, and Black Widow with Rita Ora.

In June 2020, she revealed she had become a mother after keeping her pregnancy private.

 Sky News

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