Iggy Azalea Wants You to Know She Cares About Black People
The rapper once again tries to distance herself from accusations of cultural appropriation in her latest cover story with Elle Canada. Explaining that she’s only
selling out doing “what you have to do to make it in this industry and be accepted,” the Australian emcee insists she really cares about black lives and the community’s struggles. (At one point, she even uses the “I can’t be racist, I’m marrying a black man!” excuse — so maybe you should take her argument with a grain of salt.)
“So many people think that I don’t care about rap music and the community, but I absolutely care about it, to the core of my being. That’s why the Q-Tip incident annoyed me so much: Why do you think I need a history lesson?” Azalea says. “I just have a different perspective about rap music. I love learning about hip hop, I love reading about it and I actually love having debates with other people about it.”
She continues, “People think I still live in that bubble and that I don’t understand that the United States is set up in a way that doesn’t benefit minorities. I’ve lived here for 10 years now, and I don’t want it to be that way either. I’m marrying a black man, and my children will be half black—of course I care about these things.”
However, Azalea, whose star has seemingly been on the decline thanks to all the controversies surrounding her image and sound, is aware of the fact that 2015 has not been a good year for her. In fact, she regrets many of her infamous feuds, including picking a fight with a popular pizza chain.
“I think the Azealia Banks thing is what really started it all,” she said, explaining that her feud with the rapper was the catalyst for accusations that she doesn’t care about the Black Lives Matter movement. “I just wish I had acknowledged the issue head-on because it made people think I don’t care about what’s going on socially and what’s happening in America, and I do care. Even though I still hate Azealia Banks, I wish I had said it in a way that didn’t make people think I was oblivious to the movement. And I wish I hadn’t gotten into a fight with Papa John’s!”
I feel like I got villainized so badly last year, to the point where I wasn’t even a person anymore. I just became this thing that everyone laughed at and would write awful things about—I think people forgot I was a person. People don’t have to like me, but I would appreciate it if they would still consider the fact that I’m a human being. You think Nick [Young] likes to hear that his fiancée doesn’t care about Black Lives Matter? Trust me, it was not fun last year in this house.
“I think, in 2016, people should be more accepting of the fact that both famous and non-famous women are having cosmetic procedures,” she says. “There’s nothing black and white about beauty or plastic surgery. There are no guarantees that it will fix how you feel about yourself.”
Azalea muses, “All of those women [who criticize someone for having surgery]—if they had $10 million in their account tomorrow, I’d dare them not to change one thing about themselves or at least think about it.”
Too bad there’s no surgery to fix someone’s problematic behavior.