Is rapper Iggy Azalea a racist?
A picture of the 24-year-old “Beg For It” rapper leaked online Saturday wearing a controversial shirt, which sparked debates about whether or not Iggy Azalea is a racist.
Media Takeout posted a picture of Iggy Azalea wearing a red shirt with “REBEL PRIDE” on the back in white letters.
let’s add this to the large stack of receipts that shows how Iggy Azalea is racist trash pic.twitter.com/fSi2MF0XGz
— Jason Mansfielde (@JasonMansfielde) January 17, 2015
“Rebel Pride” is reportedly a motto for a group of confederate Americans that are proud of its history of slavery and segregation. Further reports claim that the group represented by the motto proudly fly the Confederate flag.
The source further claims that rumors have been circulating for quite some time about Iggy being a “closet racist” that pretends to be a rapper for the money and the fame.
According to Media Takeout, the rumors about her being a racist started years ago when Azalea mentioned “slaves” and referred to herself as a “runaway slave master” in the song, “D.R.U.G.S.“
“Tire marks, tire marks Finish line with the fire marks When the relay starts, I’m a runaway slave Master”
When her controversial lyric first made headlines, Iggy Azalea reportedly posted a lengthy letter addressing the issue and apologizing to the people that she may have offended with it.
“In all fairness, it was a tacky and careless thing to say and if you are offended, I am sorry. Sometimes we get so caught up in our art and creating or trying to push boundaries, we don’t stop to think how others may be hurt by it. In this situation, I am guilty of doing that and I regret not thinking things through more.”
Azalea also used her letter to clarify the lyric, stating that it was a “metaphoric take on an originally literal lyric” and that she was never trying to identify herself as a slave owner. Iggy further wrote that she did not hate any particular race and was hurt by the fact that people were being misled to believe that she did.
“I am for unity and equality. People should get a fair shot at whatever they want to do no matter what color they are; rap and hip hop as a culture is not exempt from this.”
Fans and critics that do not believe Iggy Azalea is a racist may reference the fact that her mentor (T.I.) and her boyfriend (Nick Young) are both African-American. There is a substantial number of people on Twitter taking a stand on one side of the debate or the other while some have decided to stay on neutral ground.
People who talk about @IGGYAZALEA being racist really pisses me off! SHE DATES A BLACK DUDE! attention whores! Omg MOVE on, played tf out.✋
— #DubNation (@Beyhistory) January 17, 2015
Such is the case with Iggy Azalea, despite accusations of her allegedly being a racist, Fancy is still a dope song. You can find me jammin’. — Umbra Lord Smile (@trilmonte) January 17, 2015
What do you think? Is Iggy Azalea racist?
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