IggyAzalea is Cosmopolitan’s cover girl this month and once again, she was poised to answer questions about cultural appropriation.
Iggy was plugging her comeback album, “In My Defense,” which dropped last month. Among other things that were discussed, she talked about what she “gets” now about cultural appropriation and how she believes it’s subjective. Iggy, who has been accused time and time again of profiting off Black Culture, is not new to the criticism.
“You could ask one person of the same race, ‘Does this affect you?’ and they will say yes,” Iggy explains. “But another person will say no. They could be from the same place, same everything, but have different perspectives about it.”
She continued, “I’m still going to make the same type of music and still be ridiculous and larger than life…So I can’t be that f***ing sorry about it.”
Iggy is unapologetic about it because the way she sees it, the reason some people hate her is the same reason a lot of other people love her. So, she feels like, “what’s she supposed to do?”
Iggy describes her fans as “free thinkers.” As she puts it, “They have to be because if you thought what everybody else thought, you probably wouldn’t be a fan of mine.”
She said she used to feel really defensive about this kind of stuff. “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,” Iggy said. “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.”
She added that she understands that the criticism stems from America’s relationship with race and that history is “f***ed up.”
If that’s how people feel, she is not taking away the fact that it’s real for them. She also said that she doesn’t care. She did however, commit to stop rage-tweeting about those things.