Iggy Azalea has been having a most trying couple of weeks.
Because of her pointed avoidance of addressing racial issues in the black community, a recent Azalea concert was the site of “die-ins” by protesters.
Iggy was also the subject of a particularly unmerciful attack by rival rap artist Azealia Banks, whose “Igloo Australia” insult trended on Twitter for days.
And now Iggy Azalea may be finding herself on the wrong side of a rather surprising group of people: Her own fans!
Iggy Azalea Flips Off Booing Fans, Gives Crowd The Middle Finger (VIDEO) http://t.co/cePLFFQSpj
— Gossip Cop (@GossipCop) December 13, 2014
According to TMZ, Iggy arrived at the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball event Friday night at Madison Square Garden. Azalea was visibly unmoved by the dozens of people cheering for her loudly, preferring to make no eye contact whatsoever as she trudged inside.
When the crowd of fans realized that no acknowledgement whatsoever would be coming from Iggy, a few of them became indignant and started to boo. The booing seemed to move the “Fancy” artist in a way that the cheers did not. Once she was safe inside the lobby, Iggy turned and offered what can easily be described as a “one finger salute” to the offenders.
TMZ remarked that it was clearly not the “I’m kidding” variety of obscene gestures. The encounter didn’t affect Iggy Azalea’s performance, as she was given props for putting in “work” during the four-hour event.
She was but one of a few stars featured during the night.
Among others who performed were Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer, Meghan Trainor, Charlie XCX (who joined Iggy Azalea for a performance of “Fancy”), and The Voice coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.
It was a “who’s who” of popular acts of the moment, a fact that Iggy Azalea largely owes to her fans.
TMZ pointed out that Iggy was smart enough not to take the bait when called out about ongoing racial issues, but this may have been a bad move on the 24-year-old rapper’s part.
There is a great deal negativity out there about Azalea, who has been accused of appropriating black culture in order to profit. It’s at times like this that an artist under fire desperately needs all the fan support he or she can get.
Iggy Azalea may not have “time for haters”, but she should strongly consider making time for fans — at least if she wants to continue to have enough fans to support her music career!
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