Halsey has some strong words for Iggy Azalea.
The "Closer" singer called out the rapper in a new interview with The Guardian, accusing her of cultural appropriation. Azalea has been criticized for misrepresenting the hip-hop community as a white Australian woman, triggering beefs with Azealia Banks and Q-Tip's 2014 history lesson.
Now it's Halsey's turn to join the fray. The 22-year-old pop star (real name: Ashley Frangipane), who has been vocal about her own biracial background, told The Guardian that she wouldn't consider collaborating with Azalea.
"There’s a lot of people I wouldn’t put on my record," she said. "Iggy Azalea: absolutely not. She had a complete disregard for black culture. Fucking moron. I watched her career dissolve and it fascinated me.”
“I think he’s misunderstood,” she told the British paper of having Quavo perform on her new album. “Just because I choose to be a socially conscious artist, and I’m pretty good at it, that doesn’t mean every artist is going to be equipped to be politically correct. I don’t think he’s inherently homophobic, I think he’s in a tough place of trying to explain what he means. I agree his apology was bullshit but I can’t police everybody.”
She's now backtracking that statement on Twitter.
"Honestly? I didn't know that Quavo had made homophobic comments when I collaborated [with] him," she tweeted late last night. "We've never spoken a word to each other and I have no intention of pursuing a friendship there, unless he wants to make a legitimate apology.
"I work tirelessly to represent & support marginalized communities I love & am a part of. I'm sorry if my actions have ever seemed otherwise. I only meant to say that people can struggle being socially conscious if they don't have the information/vocabulary. So we must educate them. And I'm proud to watch the young people around me work hard to educate themselves and others to stay woke every day.
"I AM queer & I TRY to be understanding & want people to be educated," she continued. "But I'm truly sorry for my misjudgment. Again, I am truly sorry for my misjudgment and I am happy to have listeners who hold me accountable."
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