Iggy Azalea believes cultural appropriation is 'subjective'

8 August 2019, 11:47

Jazmin Duribe

By Jazmin Duribe

"I can't be that fucking sorry about it."

Iggy Azalea is in the midst of making her long-awaited comeback after a brief hiatus from the music biz. However, her latest comments on cultural appropriation probably weren't the way to kickstart her promotional tour.

The 'Started' rapper claimed that cultural appropriation is subjective and, um, yeah people aren't very happy.

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In case you need a little reminder, Cambridge Dictionary defines cultural appropriation as "the act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing that you understand or respect this culture."

Iggy Azalea attends the WNBA All-Star Game 2019 beach concert.
Iggy Azalea attends the WNBA All-Star Game 2019 beach concert. Picture: Ethan Miller/Staff

Iggy, who is Australian, has long been accused of appropriating black culture with her entire persona. So, during an interview with Cosmopolitan you'd think Iggy would probably try and clear some of that mess up…well, no. The interviewer noted that Iggy thinks cultural appropriation is subjective.

"You could ask one person of the same race, 'Does this affect you?' and they will say yes," she explained. "But another person will say no. They could be from the same place, same everything, but have different perspectives about it.

"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 fucking sorry about it."

Needless to say, the internet had thoughts about Iggy's views.

Despite this, Iggy did acknowledge the criticism of her work is a lot deeper than surface level.


She continued: "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.

"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."