Rapper Iggy Azalea has been accused of “blackfishing” in her new music video “I am the Strip Club.”
This is not the first time she has faced backlash for appropriating black culture, and i am sure it won’t be the last.
The 31-year-old, born Amethyst Amelia Kelly, is seen in the first portion of the video with jet-black straight hair and her skin noticeably several shades darker than her normally fair complexion. To top it off, she’s surrounded by Black queer men dressed in leather as she raps about getting ratchet and twerking.
The music video was initially praised by her devoted fans, but when clothing company Boohoo posted stills from the video, the replies quickly turned a mess, with users calling out Azalea for “blackfishing”—a term used to describe a non-POC attempting to appear of Black or Arab ancestry.
Even when the counterargument was floated that it was simply the dark lighting making Azalea appear darker, people weren't having it. “It’s cosmetic blackfishing in every which way,” one firmly declared.
Here is the video. Watch for yourself:
Do you feel as though she was trying to be black? I don’t think it’s as serious as they’re making it out to be.
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