With claims of “inauthenticity” and “appropriation” aplenty, the center of Iggy Azalea‘s fall from grace has not been centered around poor promotion or musical missteps (as most of her releases BANG), but instead have been concentrated on race and culture. This idea, the rapstress asserted in a recent sit down with GQ magazine, is not far from her gaze – even if she doesn’t talk about it.
Just a day after making headlines for taking to ‘Paper’ magazine for one of her most politically charged interviews yet (click here to read more on that), the Grammy-nominee continues to shed light on hot topics such as ‘Black Lives Matter,’ Black culture, and how her connection to the concept is not only deeply rooted in the story of her life, but also far from fabricated.
Will her impassioned plea fall on deaf ears? Read inside and see the stunning photos that accompany the tell-all interview:
On why she’s never publicly supported the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement:
“I’ve tried not to be too political because I am an immigrant. I’m on a visa. I’m not trying to go to a protest where they’re arresting celebrities and making an example of them because I’ll get deported.”
Would having a green card (which she received in March 2018) change her stance?
“I don’t think you’ll ever see me at a march. I should show that I support those things but I’m not a political activist. I don’t wanna bring the complications of the world into my arena. I understand why people criticize that because I have a voice in hip-hop. I make ‘black’ music. I don’t want people to think it’s not something I care about.”
On White privilege:
“The whole privilege thing is a rough conversation,” she says. “I understand that in America there is institutionalized racism and there is privilege that comes with the color of your skin. That’s real. I grew up in a situation that didn’t involve any privilege and I worked really hard…”
On the commercial failure of ‘Savior’:
“Of course it’s not going to be streamed as much or have as many views when I’m not twerking,” she says. “Part of me wishes it had the numbers as a measure of success.”
Click here to read the interview in full.