Iggy Azalea has engaged in another Twitter feud. The “Fancy” singer takes offense at Beyoncé using the name “Becky” as a pseudonym for what the rapper believes is a generic stereotyped white girl (there is a line in Beyoncé’s new single, “Sorry, ” that reads, “He better call Becky with the good hair”). However, whether or not Iggy’s conclusion is true or not doesn’t matter.
Azalea is a woman who has made a career — which has waned considerably — off of rapping in a pseudo-black style, which sounds nothing like her natural Australian accent. Some call it a “blaccent.” In the past, she has denied cultural appropriation, not acknowledging that the faux rap accent and intonation are both deliberate and contrived. Azalea’s inability to rap is well noted, per The Root.
Azalea’s former producer, T.I., advised her to stop waging war on Twitter and to concentrate on her music. Soon after, he was no longer collaborating with her. Although she apparently likes rap and hip hop music, it doesn’t make her an expert on black culture, which is a legitimate co-culture. Iggy says that she has been called Becky many times, and the implication and intent behind the name was a negative generalization that white women love to perform fellatio, per the Daily News.
@phagmob generalizing ANY race by calling them one sterotypical name for said race. i personally dont think is very cool, the end.
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) April 25, 2016
@rNicaRo the whole becky thing “give me that becky” comes from white womens supposed love for blow jobs. so excuse me but, i dont want
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) April 26, 2016
Unfortunately, Iggy doesn’t understand that there are multiple definitions of the colloquialism “Becky.” It is also used to define a woman who is perceived to be loose, slutty, or whorish. It seems that Azalea looked at Urban Dictionary but didn’t read all the entries for the name Becky as there are several other meanings. Another one is the perfect girlfriend. Further, Azalea has no way of knowing what Beyoncé had in mind. Assuming is not good, and yes, Iggy can reject being called Becky because it isn’t her name. But she can’t control whether the name is used in someone else’s lyrics.
Iggy also didn’t address the second half of the line in “Sorry,” one of the songs on Lemonade, because, likely, she doesn’t understand what “good hair” means. To many in the black community, it means hair that is straight, loosely curled, or wavy as opposed to tightly curled hair, which is called “nappy” or bad hair. Everyone doesn’t subscribe to the good hair versus bad hair concept, which is a symptom of self-hatred and brainwashing rooted in slavery. So if the alleged cheater in “Sorry” needs to call Becky with the good hair, Becky is not white.
Without the facts, what Iggy Azalea or anyone else believes about “Becky with the good hair” doesn’t matter. For Beyoncé, it could simply be a name chosen out of the blue or a songwriter’s play on words. Many of the Beyoncé fans, known as the Beyhive, have attacked random women online, believing Becky was an authentic individual who tried to break up Bey’s marriage, but who knows? One thing is for certain, Beyoncé continues to make money by way of the controversial lyrics and, as the adage says, is probably laughing all the way to the bank.
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