Welp! Search and rescue efforts for “Becky with the good hair” are still somewhat under way. At this point, the search has turned into a humanitarian mission, because the Beyhive probably feels awful that Beyonce snatched her wig so hard while singing about “Becky“ on her track “Sorry” on her latest album, #LEMONADE.
Unfortunately, rescue efforts were halted when Iggy Azalea opened her mouth to address how insulted she felt when someone called her Becky on Twitter.
The “Fancy” artist made it clear on social media she never wants to be referred to as a “Becky” by her fans because she finds the term — sometimes used to describe a generic white woman or “Valley Girl” — just as offensive as calling a black woman “Sha Nay Nay” or an Asian woman “Ming Lee.”
Don’t ever call me a Becky,” she told a fan on Twitter in the first of many tweets on the matter.
“Generalizing ANY race by calling them one (sic) sterotypical name for said race … I personally don’t think is very cool, the end,” she continued.
Turns out, Iggy was not referring to Beyonce’s song. She thinks that calling any white woman a “Becky” is a bad thing to begin with.
Even though her fiancee calls her Becky, she still finds the word quite offensive. (On another note, Becky is the least offensive thing she’s been called since she’s reemerged on Twitter.)
Either way, Iggy is, once again, going to become the
Chris Charlie Brown of social media, and it’s her own fault.
Even though my son loves her music when he hears it, and I was a big Iggy fan, I have to admit that it rubs me the wrong way to see a white woman make rap music, but not help the same people she makes music for. I’m not the only person who feels this way, either.
I’m sure this commentary has been said before, but it seems to get lost every time Iggy makes a fuss about something on Twitter, so I’m going to explain it again as simply as I can: You can’t get upset when people aren’t taking you seriously as an artist if you’re not taking your audience seriously as listeners.
There are black kids listening to “Fancy” as they’re being harassed by police. There are black kids listening to “Murda Business” as they’re getting followed around a store because they’re black. These are issues that she eventually has to speak about. Even Nicki Minaj had to let her fans know that she understands what they’re going through, and how that impacts her as a woman.
Since Iggy is a white woman, that means that she would have to work twice as hard to prove her status as an ally to the black community. Just like all the other white ally’s had to do during the Civil Rights Movement (along with other white rappers today).
There’s a reason why everyone hates Iggy, and she has to take responsibility for that, because all criticism of her isn’t bad criticism.
I get the Iggy wants to sell a few records and live her dream as an international star. But she has to put in some work if she wants to be taken seriously as an American rap artist. That includes understanding, studying, paying attention, and giving back to the community from which she is “borrowing” her style from.
Is it fair? Nope. Sometimes that happens when you pay your dues
The more she doesn’t take these things into account, the more she will look like Rachel Dolezal’s little sister, and it’s her own fault.