Iggy Azalea has never been Beyoncé ‘s biggest fan, but the pop superstar’s latest musical release has Azalea indirectly accusing her of being racist against white people.
Beyoncé ‘s most recent project, the ambitious visual album Lemonade, has been causing a stir across the internet for a variety of reasons. Those who aren’t simply thrilled to have more Beyoncé tracks to feast their ears on are busy speculating about who Jay Z might have cheated with, as The Inquisitr previously reported. But Iggy Azalea has a bigger beef with Lemonade that no one else is talking about, and it’s all because of a single lyric.
According to Design & Trend, Iggy Azalea has called out Beyoncé for her use of the word “Becky” in her song “Don’t Hurt Yourself.” In the context of the song, Beyoncé is using the name “Becky” to refer to an unspecified, but presumably real, person in her life; but Iggy Azalea claims that word has racist undertones.
“He only want me when I’m not there/He better call Becky with the good hair,” Beyoncé sings.
Iggy Azalea asserted that “Becky” is a derogatory term used to describe a stereotypical white girl. According to Perez Hilton, fans of Beyoncé were more interested in finding out who that generic nickname was referring to since it dealt more with the rumors of Jay Z’s infidelity. But Iggy Azalea says it was racist of Beyoncé to even use the word at all, regardless of who she’s singing about.
“Do you know how many times people have called me Becky?” she tweeted. “It didn’t have any kind of positive intention behind it… Generalizing any race by calling them one stereotypical name for said race, I personally don’t think is very cool. The end.”
While Iggy’s feelings toward the word are obvious, her tweets were not specifically directed at Beyoncé. She shared a brief exchange with some of her followers over the use of “Becky” and insisted that nobody ever call her that word again.
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Twitter users were quick to remind Azalea that she used the word “Becky” in one of her own songs back in 2012.
Her song “I Think She Ready” features the line, “I just gave a cup to Becky, now thinking that she ready.”
But Iggy claims that use of the so-called racist term was intended as clever word play, not racism.
Later on, Iggy Azalea would claim she wasn’t accusing Beyoncé of being deliberately racist against white people by agreeing with a fan who defended her. She also insisted she wasn’t trying to throw “shade” at Beyoncé and made a point to praise Lemonade.
“by the way, this is not bey shade. i love her and the album. but my name is iggy, and you will all call me that.”
Beyoncé Knowles. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Despite generally enjoying Lemonade, the hip-hop artist’s stance against any use of the word “Becky” was very clear. In fact, she staunchly insisted that nobody use any nicknames to describe generic racial stereotypes.
“Dont call all asian women ‘ming lee’ dont call white women ‘becky’ dont call black women ‘sha nay nay’,” she said, ending the conversation.
What do you think? Do you agree with Iggy Azalea that Beyoncé shouldn’t have used the term “Becky” in her song? Do you think it was a racist thing to do? And is it fair for Iggy Azalea to claim she’s allowed to use “Becky” and Beyoncé isn’t?
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