Iggy Azalea Blasts ‘the Media’ For Casting Her As a Mean Girl
Iggy is always ready to hold forth on whatever she's thinking or feeling at the moment, whether it's anger over a pizza delivery debacle or her tragically melted hair vitamins delivery. Her updates this week were largely focused on the purported feud between she and Britney Spears, and her insistence that this story had everything to do with the media machine (and nothing to do with the words coming from her mouth/tweeting fingers).
"I am honestly not surprised but still really saddened that the media is trying to create a "beef" between @britneyspears and myself," the rapper wrote on June 30. This seemed to pick up on a previous thought from the day before, when she tweeted, "Genuine friends have genuine opinions. Its possible & healthy to have a differing thought without it being bitchy or shade." It's an accurate statement, though one hopes she expressed those opinions directly to Britney before telling her 5.4 million followers that "I dont have to suck the womans a---hole 24/7 to be her friend, do i?"
Iggy went on to suggest that this week's Britney kerfuffle was wholly invented by the press, and an example of a larger issue at hand: "i feel like the media wants women in music to get out and mud wrestle each other. As a woman i take great offense." She continued, "Women in the media should be able to have a grown up and subjective opinion without it being anything more than that. its disappointing."
There's a kernel of truth in Iggy's mercurial stream of consciousness. When it comes to female celebrities, particularly pop stars, there are some tired and frankly lazy tropes that fan communities and the press tend to lean on equally. Even the ever-memed concept of the "diva," and the pop "queen," inherently suggest that like the Highlander, There Can Be Only One. It does, ultimately, evoke a reality in which women — and drag queens, on shows like Drag Race — are perpetually locked in a scramble to nab the sole top spot.
It's also fair to say that web sites (of both the "blogger" and "hard news" variety) run with stories that will garner clicks, and feud stories do just that. When we pit two male or female stars against each other in a poll on our site, we know their fans will be excited to rep for their favorites — but at the end of the day we truly hope you know that we consider each artist to be PopCrush-worthy on their own merits. We're actually more excited to report on a female pop star's business moves, like Katy Perry's Forbes cover or Demi Lovato's label project.
All of that said, it would benefit Iggy to remember that her words carry weight too, and that distancing herself from a collaboration she once claimed to play a major role in flatters absolutely no one. If the rapper wants the press to consider their words and narratives more carefully, we'll suggest in return that she craft more measured responses, and less defensive reactions that are easy to "twist and get paid off again."
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