Iggy Azalea responded to accusations that she engaged in “blackfishing” in her latest music video.
On Thursday (July 1), the “Fancy” rapper released the music video for her latest single, “I Am the Stripclub.” Some social media users noted that she looked remarkably darker-skinned in the clip and accused her of blackfishing. The term refers to when a non-POC attempts to alter their appearance to appear to be of Black ancestry.
On Twitter, Azalea responded to a series of fan tweets regarding the accusations. “I’m the same color as I always am, just in a dimly lit room with red lights. 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,” she began.
In follow-up tweets the rapper revealed that she has been wearing the same skin foundation for the last three years: Armani Luminous Silk foundation in shade 6. “It’s the same shade in every music video since ‘Sally Walker.’ Suddenly I wear a black wig in a club scene & it’s an issue.”
“This is the color I wear, it’s on the arm color of a tan white person,” she added. “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 [sic] trying to twist my words or make s— a problem when all I’ve done is try a [new] hair color.”
Azalea added that people will create a “hidden meaning or find a way to make there be an issue,” but that at the end of the day, she’s 10 years into her career and knows how to handle it.
She concluded her tweets by sending a message to both her fans and haters: “Thank you for dedicating your day to me & helping me promote, I love you.”
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