Australian rapper Iggy Azalea’s The New Classic dropped yesterday, and Azalea stopped by New York radio station Hot 97 for an especially explicit interview. You might expect this sort of thing to stay light and fluffy, but right out of the gate, the subject of sexual assault came up. “I had to stop [crowdsurfing]…” Azalea said. “I’m only doing like 2000-seaters, but I still have to have barriers even if it’s like 200 people because people try to finger me.” She also mentioned that she wears two pairs of underwear plus tights on stage now for protection, and that she’s faced assault from women especially. “Girls will try to do it more than guys ’cause girls think it’s cool, like, ’We both got vaginas, it’s fine.’ Doesn’t make it OK.” Definitely not OK.
Here’s more Azalea had to say on the subject:
I will get lurk tweets for like a week before my show, like “I’m about to go to the Iggy Azalea show and I’m going to finger her,” and I’ll see it and be like, please don’t! That’s a violation. I don’t actually like that stuff.
Like, they think I’m real slutty, like “Oh, she got a song called ’Pussy,’ I know what she wants. She wants these two fingers.” Why would I want a stranger to ever finger me? Buying my album for $12 doesn’t mean you get to finger me when I come to your city.
Interviewers Peter Rosenberg and Ebro Darden also bring up Azalea’s preferred sexual positions, the size of her boyfriend’s penis, her standards for the pole-dancers in her stage show, how she compares her own performance in bed to what she sees in the porn she watches, and how amazing her ass is. By continually lobbing sex-related questions at her without even making an attempt to address her music, they are reinforcing the attitudes that lead her so-called fans to think of her as their plaything. Watch the 11-minute interview below.
The New Classic is out now on Island Def Jam.
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