“I Am The Stripclub,” a new song from the 31-year-old Aussie rapper, dropped online and viewers instantly noticed something off about her appearance—specifically with her skin tone.
Azalea, who has normally made public appearances with light blonde hair and her fair, alabaster skin, looked noticeably darker from head to toe. In the beginning of the visual, she is shown in her “trademark” look, but when the music starts, her look includes long, sleek, straight black hair and a darker-hued skin tone.
A tweet meant to positively salute Azalea’s allegedly darker look was quickly jumped upon by Twitter, who felt that the only thing she was “serving” was “appropriation and brown face.”
“Serving what?” Twitter user AJay said in response to the clothing brand, Boohoo, which delivered the initial congratulatory tweet. “Appropriation and brown face?” Meanwhile Laneyyyy wrote, “Blackfish. That’s what she’s serving.”
For those who don’t know, the term “blackfish,” was created by journalist Wanna Thompson, and suggests a non-POC is using things like hairstyling and makeup to cosplay as if they have Black, African, or Arab heritage or are racially ambiguous.
Twitter user Da’Vion chimed in, writing, “It just so happens she’s imitating a Black female aesthetic surrounded by a bunch of Black people in the background.
This isn’t the first time where the “Fancy” rapper has been called out for her disrespectful ways. While her fans suggest that “lighting” is the responsible culprit to blame for Azalea’s appearance, in 2015 she released an apology after a reporter discovered several homophobic tweets from her pre-fame days.
Iggy Azalea responded to critics by calling their claims “ridiculous and baseless,” adding that she’s used the same shade of foundation for the last three years. “I can’t care about something that ridiculous and baseless. I’m wearing a shade 6 in Armani foundation[.] [It’s] the same shade [that] I’ve worn for the last 3 years,” she tweeted. “It’s the same shade in every music video since ‘Sally Walker’. Suddenly I wear a black wig in a club scene [and] it’s an issue.”
When put up against the Daily Beast calling Azalea out in 2017 for “cultural crimes,” it seems like the jury’s verdict stands behinds their decision to check the Down Under rapper, yet again.
Check out the reactions for yourself below.