Ever since Iggy Azalea first entered the rap game, accusations of cultural appropriation have trailed behind the Australian-born rapper. While the criticisms levied against her have been both harsh and accurate, Iggy Azalea is clear she isn’t changing it up anytime soon.
The 29-year-old recently was interviewed by Cosmopolitan for a spread in their September issue. In the interview, Iggy discussed her return to music with the release of her sophomore effort, In My Defense, after a five-year stall. Naturally, the topic of her polarizing place in hip-hop and the many years of criticism towards Iggy’s co-opting of Blackness came up.
The rapper brushed off accusations of being a culture vulture, reasoning that just because some might her find her problematic doesn’t necessarily mean others do.
Although she elaborated that she has since reflected on and grown and understands where the criticism came from due to America’s racist history, she said it comes down people’s own personal viewpoint of the matter.
“You could ask one person of the same race, ‘Does this affect you?’ and they will say yes,” she told the publication. “But another person will say no. They could be from the same place, same everything, but have different perspectives about it.”
The 'Black Widow' rapper shored up her stance on the issue with the proclamation that she’s going to keep doing things her way regardless of her critics and that she was not going to apologize.
“I’m still going to make the same type of music and still be ridiculous and larger than life,” she said. “So I can’t be that f**king sorry about it.”
With that said, Iggy clarified she wasn’t dismissing the criticism and admitted talking about cultural appropriation used to be a touchy subject for her.
"I would hit back and say, 'What about this that I had to go through?' because I wanted to talk so much about my experiences of things I didn’t have, and I think it felt like I wasn’t acknowledging that there is white privilege and there is institutionalized racism," she divulged. "It seemed to a lot of people like I was living in this bubble or unaware of all these things that people have to experience."
But her deflective comments ruffled more than a few feathers once the Internet caught wind of them.
Fielding the backlash over her comments, Iggy defended herself in a set of tweets claiming that her words had been mischaracterized in the article and attributed to subjects that weren’t brought up or she didn’t intend to comment on during the conversation.
The Clapback To Iggy's Cultural Appropriation Comments Hit Twitter HARD.
Despite her clarification, some people still aren’t convinced that Iggy actually understands the larger context of the issue like she claims she does when she hasn’t changed her ways.
A faction of the internet is over and done with Iggy after her comments.