Iggy Azalea is no stranger to accusations of cultural appropriation and even straight-up minstrelsy. As a veteran of questionable choices, she probably should have taken a look at her new music video for her single “I Am The Stripclub” and realized what people would see— someone who looks like they’re wearing concealer that’s several shades too dark.
In the video, Iggy is super “tan” and is wearing a long black wig. She really doesn’t look like herself, but people online immediately began saying she was trying to look like a Black woman. Or that she was “blackfishing.”
While plenty of fans are saying critiques are overreacting, the points being made about Iggy are pretty good. Like, how could she be oblivious about how she looks?
Some people have defended Iggy by saying that the color of her skin is more a reflection of the lighting and post-production effects than a choice to darken her skin:
In particular, Iggy Azalea is defending Iggy Azalea, calling all of these accusations “ridiculous and baseless.”
She also said that her foundation is the same one she’s been wearing, tweeting, “I’m wearing a shade 6 in Armani foundation, it’s the same shade I’ve worn for the last three years. It’s the same shade in every music video since ‘Sally Walker.’ Suddenly I wear a black wig in a club scene and it’s an issue.”
The wig did it, guys! Clearly, Iggy Azalea isn’t interested in changing hearts and minds on this subject, and seems to think no press is bad press:
So hard to not say anything when this criticism is necessary and yet it just feeds Iggy’s insatiable thirst.