Iggy Azalea Wishes She Could “‘Men In Black’ Memory Erase” 2015
Iggy Azalea had a rough 2015, as she continued to be a topic of constant debate within the hip-hop community and even the target of an anonymous hacker group. In fact, in a new cover story interview with Elle Canada, the Australian pop-rapper says that she would do the year all over again — or, at the very least, forget that it happened.
“If I could, I would Men in Black memory-erase 2015,” she says to Elle Canada, referring to how Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones used “neuralyzers” to erase civilians’ specific memories.
The biggest source of grief was when rival Azealia Banks criticized her for not speaking up on behalf of #BlackLivesMatter, when Iggy participates in a primarily black music genre: “Black culture is cool, but black issues sure aren’t, huh?” Iggy would acknowledge that “all hell broke loose” when news of the 2014 Eric Garner verdict broke, though only to transition abruptly into tour updates: “In other news that actually relates to me…”
To be fair, though, had Iggy’s memories of 2015 been erased, she might not have considered how tone deaf she sounded at the time.
“I don’t think the subject matter of [Azealia’s] tweet was invalid; I just think it was emotionally charged and driven by something else, and the whole thing got so misconstrued,” Iggy says now. “I just wish I had acknowledged the issue head-on because it made people think I don’t care about what’s going on socially and what’s happening in America, and I do care. Even though I still hate Azealia Banks, I wish I had said it in a way that didn’t make people think I was oblivious to the movement.”
Read the entire interview over at Elle Canada.