Iggy has released her new song called “I Am The Stripclub”. This video has received three million YouTube views since its July 2 unveiling. However, not everything turned out as nicely as she might have expected.
Many accused her of “blackfishing” and cultural appropriation in the video of her song. She thanked everyone who showed her hate, which she, unfortunately, got a lot of. She dismissed the allegations, calling them “ridiculous and baseless.”
In one part of her video, this usually blonde star, we can see in the back of a truck wearing a long, black wig, along with black dancers dancing alongside her. Many people reacted badly to this video because they think that she pretends to be or alters her appearance to look ethnically Black.
What is Blackfishing?
Blackfishing is a term that has been credited to hip-hop journalist Wanna Thompson. In 2018 she shared a Twitter thread of a string of non-Black public figures that had used makeup, Photoshop, and cosmetic surgery to appear Black or mixed race. Still, was it really necessary to accuse Iggy of something like this, or was the public right? These accusations did not affect Iggy, although we can say with certainty that they shook us all a little.
What did Iggy say to all this?
“I’m the same color as I always am, just in a dimly lit room with red lights,” Azalea shared. “It’s the same makeup from every other part of the video just with a Smokey eye and different wig. Just ignore them, who cares? Let em talk.”
“I can’t care about something that ridiculous and baseless. I’m wearing a shade 6 in armor foundation, it’s the same shade I’ve worn for the last 3 years.”
“This is the color I wear, it’s on the arm color of a tan white person,” she wrote. “I’m not wearing crazy dark makeup at ALL. Everyone in the club scene looks darker, it’s a club scene! I’m sick of ppl trying to twist my words or make shit a problem when all I’ve done is trying a hair color. “
Look at the video and conclude for yourself whether the accusations make sense or not!