Iggy Azalea Cops Backlash For Saying She Grew Up Without “Privilege”
Written by Sam Murphy on 2nd May, 2018
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Iggy Azalea has sparked up the internet by saying in an interview that she grew up without any “privilege”.
Speaking with GQ the Aussie rapper spoke about her life growing up in rural town Mullumbimby.
“I understand that in America there is institutionalised racism and there is privilege that comes with the colour of your skin,” she said.
“That’s real. I grew up in a situation that didn’t involve any privilege and I worked really hard.”
She further said that her childhood is “overlooked” when it comes to conversations about her career.
“It’s tough because I want you to acknowledge my work and that this wasn’t easy, but I also don’t want to detract from or trvialise any people of colours’ position because that’s also legitimate.”
It took next to no time for the internet to react to the comments. Rapper Talib Kweli led the charge writing on Instagram, “Can someone tell [Azalea] abt aborigines and the struggle of ppl of color in Australia?”
Azalea has already been schooled on the concept of white privilege once before. In 2014, rapper Q Tip took to Twitter to explain to her the origins of hip-hop and the relationship of white privilege with the genre. At the time, Azalea shrugged off the criticism.
The Australian rapper returned with a new single ‘Saviour’ this year feature Migos member Quavo but she’s obviously still weathering controversy.
Check out some of the reactions to her latest comments below.
— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) April 27, 2018
Even the fact that she says there's no privilege in Australia is a big fat lie. The white people in that country institutionally tried to outbreed the native tribes. The same tribes who still want their land back.
— Andi Nunu (@NaffStarr) April 22, 2018
Iggy Azalea is TRASH for claiming White Privilege isn’t a thing in her Settler Colonialist homeland. It’s an insult to Aboriginal people [in Australia] for a start. ?????? https://t.co/qNspEzr3mu
— Autistic Native Unicorn (@Mitsawokett) April 23, 2018
Facts don’t require your belief or approval. That’s the beauty of facts. They remain facts whether you or Iggy Azalea believe them or not. All white ppl have white privilege, regardless of class. @illumedbeauty https://t.co/vBYe1OcxwJ
— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) April 22, 2018
Iggy azalea said in an interview that she never benefited from white privilege. Like home girl doesn't understand the racism in Australia. Oh my God.
— Nadia Lisbeth Andrad (@Nadia91) April 20, 2018