Iggy Azalea attends launch party for her controversial video after blackfishing accusations

She recently found herself caught up in yet another scandal, facing accusations of blackfishing in the music video for her latest track, I Am The Stripclub.

But Iggy Azalea turned her attention away from the furore, when she attended a launch party for the controversial video — and her her perfume, Devil’s Advocate — at Rocco’s in West Hollywood on Saturday night.

The Australian rapper, 31, stepped out in eye-catching style, wearing a plunging black dress, which featured wide red-panelled slits on either side.

Hitting the town: Iggy Azalea attended a launch party for her perfume, Devil's Advocate, at Rocco's in West Hollywood on Saturday night

Hitting the town: Iggy Azalea attended a launch party for her perfume, Devil's Advocate, at Rocco's in West Hollywood on Saturday night

Hitting the town: Iggy Azalea attended a launch party for her perfume, Devil’s Advocate, at Rocco’s in West Hollywood on Saturday night

Teaming her frock of choice with a pair of black knee-high boots, the Black Widow hitmaker switched up her look with a new magenta hairstyle.

Accessorising with a pair of red doorknocker earrings, the musician posed up a storm with scantily-clad models, one of whom was went topless with her body sprayed red to portray a demon.

Iggy was also seen enjoying a cocktail as she lapped up the festivities on the night. 

Documenting the events of the night on her Instagram stories, the star showed herself en route to the bash and partying with a host of patrons. 

'I am the colour I always am!' Her night out came after she furiously hit back at accusations of blackfishing in I Am The Stripclub video on Friday

'I am the colour I always am!' Her night out came after she furiously hit back at accusations of blackfishing in I Am The Stripclub video on Friday

‘I am the colour I always am!’ Her night out came after she furiously hit back at accusations of blackfishing in I Am The Stripclub video on Friday

Party: The star partied up a storm at the bash, which also celebrated the release of her video

Party: The star partied up a storm at the bash, which also celebrated the release of her video

Party: The star partied up a storm at the bash, which also celebrated the release of her video

Topless: She was accompanied by a topless model, who was sprayed red to resemble a demon

Topless: She was accompanied by a topless model, who was sprayed red to resemble a demon

Topless: She was accompanied by a topless model, who was sprayed red to resemble a demon

In her element: The Australian star appeared in be in her element as she spoke with attendees

In her element: The Australian star appeared in be in her element as she spoke with attendees

In her element: The Australian star appeared in be in her element as she spoke with attendees

Strike a pose: Manny MUA posed with the chart-topper for a snapshot at the exclusive bash

Strike a pose: Manny MUA posed with the chart-topper for a snapshot at the exclusive bash

Strike a pose: Manny MUA posed with the chart-topper for a snapshot at the exclusive bash

Pose: Gia Gunn and Kylie Sonique Love pulled out their best poses as they stood with the star

Pose: Gia Gunn and Kylie Sonique Love pulled out their best poses as they stood with the star

Pose: Gia Gunn and Kylie Sonique Love pulled out their best poses as they stood with the star

It comes after Iggy was criticised by those who believed she had used make-up and a dark wig to pretend to be black or mixed-race, but she blasted her accusers and called the claims ‘ridiculous and baseless’.

Defending herself in a series of tweets on Friday, Iggy told her critics that she was using the ‘same shade’ make-up she’s used for three years.

When someone shared a snap of the pair together and claimed she didn’t ‘look tanned’ then, she hit back: ‘I’m the same color as I always am, just in a dimly lit room with red lights.

‘It’s the same makeup from every other part of the video just with a Smokey eye and different wig. Just ignore them, who cares? Let em talk.’

After several more accusations she shared a picture of Armani’s make-up range, saying she used shade 6 foundation and furiously said: ‘This is the color I wear, it’s on the arm color of a tan white person. 

Catching the eye: The Australian rapper, 31, stepped out in eye-catching style, wearing a plunging black dress, which featured wide red-panelled slits on either side

Catching the eye: The Australian rapper, 31, stepped out in eye-catching style, wearing a plunging black dress, which featured wide red-panelled slits on either side

Catching the eye: The Australian rapper, 31, stepped out in eye-catching style, wearing a plunging black dress, which featured wide red-panelled slits on either side

Cocktail: Iggy was also seen enjoying a cocktail as she lapped up the festivities on the night

Cocktail: Iggy was also seen enjoying a cocktail as she lapped up the festivities on the night

Cocktail: Iggy was also seen enjoying a cocktail as she lapped up the festivities on the night

Centre of attention: The trio were the centre of attention as they got into the spirit of things

Centre of attention: The trio were the centre of attention as they got into the spirit of things

Centre of attention: The trio were the centre of attention as they got into the spirit of things

Life of the party: Australian star Iggy appeared to be the life of the party as she partied away

Life of the party: Australian star Iggy appeared to be the life of the party as she partied away

Makeup: She highlighted her looks with a rich palette of makeup

Makeup: She highlighted her looks with a rich palette of makeup

Life of the party: Australian star Iggy appeared to be the life of the party as she partied away

Snap decision: Amid the revelry, Iggy took time out to capture footage and pose for selfies

Snap decision: Amid the revelry, Iggy took time out to capture footage and pose for selfies

Snap decision: Amid the revelry, Iggy took time out to capture footage and pose for selfies

Earrings: She accessorised with a bold statement jewellery, including doorknocker earrings

Earrings: She accessorised with a bold statement jewellery, including doorknocker earrings

Earrings: She accessorised with a bold statement jewellery, including doorknocker earrings

‘I’m not wearing crazy dark makeup at ALL. Everyone in the club scene looks darker, it’s a club scene!

‘I’m sick of ppl trying to twist my words or make s**t a problem when all I’ve done is try a hair color.’

In response to another person, she said: ‘I can’t care about something that ridiculous and baseless. I’m wearing a shade 6 in armarni foundation, it’s the same shade I’ve worn for the last 3 years.

‘It’s the same shade in every music video since sally Walker. Suddenly I wear a black wig in a club scene & its an issue.’ 

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Hitting back: Defending herself in a series of tweets on Friday, Iggy told her critics that she was using the 'same shade' make-up she's used for three years (pictured in August last year)

Hitting back: Defending herself in a series of tweets on Friday, Iggy told her critics that she was using the 'same shade' make-up she's used for three years (pictured in August last year)

Hitting back: Defending herself in a series of tweets on Friday, Iggy told her critics that she was using the ‘same shade’ make-up she’s used for three years (pictured in August last year)

Footage: The music video saw Iggy rap and dance in a make-shift truck with male dancers in fishnet stockings and leotards dancing behind her

Footage: The music video saw Iggy rap and dance in a make-shift truck with male dancers in fishnet stockings and leotards dancing behind her

Ensemble: Iggy wore the black-and-white striped bodysuit and a black wig

Ensemble: Iggy wore the black-and-white striped bodysuit and a black wig

Footage: The music video saw Iggy rap and dance in a make-shift truck with male dancers in fishnet stockings and leotards dancing behind her

Defence: When someone shared a snap with her and claimed she didn't 'look tanned' then, she hit back 'I'm the same color as I always am' and shared a picture of the foundation she uses

Defence: When someone shared a snap with her and claimed she didn't 'look tanned' then, she hit back 'I'm the same color as I always am' and shared a picture of the foundation she uses

Defence: When someone shared a snap with her and claimed she didn’t ‘look tanned’ then, she hit back ‘I’m the same color as I always am’ and shared a picture of the foundation she uses

When a fan asked Iggy to ‘clear up’ the confusion after she was accused of blackfishing she simply said ‘I don’t care… f**k those ppl babe lol’.

After her supporter added that some people felt she looked darker than she is and said she should say if the pictures had been ‘edited’, she claimed she was ‘bored’ of the constant discourse.

Iggy wrote in response: ‘Or maybe the internet could watch my music video and see for themselves instead of tryna dog me because a random page I have nothing to do with posted an edit? Leave me be, I don’t bother anyone, ppl stay tryna create s**t outta nothing online. Just BORED.

She later added: ‘F***ing hell. It’s always an issue, when it’s ME. I mind my business – just leave me be. Ppl on here love to twist what I do and say and it’s pointless. It changes nothing about my life.’ 

Change: The music video also saw Iggy wear a bright yellow wig to match her revealing outfit

Change: The music video also saw Iggy wear a bright yellow wig to match her revealing outfit

Change: The music video also saw Iggy wear a bright yellow wig to match her revealing outfit

Strutting her stuff: Iggy also stepped out in a crop top and mini skirt for one part of the video, and she was seen with her natural blonde hair

Strutting her stuff: Iggy also stepped out in a crop top and mini skirt for one part of the video, and she was seen with her natural blonde hair

Strutting her stuff: Iggy also stepped out in a crop top and mini skirt for one part of the video, and she was seen with her natural blonde hair

Furious: When a fan asked Iggy to 'clear up' the confusion after she was accused of blackfishing she simple said 'I don't care... f**k those ppl babe lol'

Furious: When a fan asked Iggy to 'clear up' the confusion after she was accused of blackfishing she simple said 'I don't care... f**k those ppl babe lol'

Furious: When a fan asked Iggy to ‘clear up’ the confusion after she was accused of blackfishing she simple said ‘I don’t care… f**k those ppl babe lol’

Discourse: After people took offence to her saying 'f**k those people', Iggy told those reacting angrily: 'Leave me be, I don't bother anyone, ppl stay tryna create s**t outta nothing online'

Discourse: After people took offence to her saying 'f**k those people', Iggy told those reacting angrily: 'Leave me be, I don't bother anyone, ppl stay tryna create s**t outta nothing online'

Discourse: After people took offence to her saying ‘f**k those people’, Iggy told those reacting angrily: ‘Leave me be, I don’t bother anyone, ppl stay tryna create s**t outta nothing online’

When the music video was released, a number of people took to Twitter to accuse Iggy of blackfishing.

One person wrote: ‘Make no mistake. Celebrities do modern day blackface. It’s just become socially accepted because it’s so mainstream. COUGH COUGH @Iggyazalea, @KimKardashian @ArianaGrande @KendallJenner to name a few.’ 

Another added: Can someone please tell #IggyAzalea that she’s not a person of color?? Stop Blackfishing it’s very discriminatory abd vulgar especially in this BLM era !!! (sic).’

And in response to pictures of Iggy, one person added: ‘You are telling that THIS is Iggy Azalea? When will the blackfishing cease? When.’

Upset: Iggy later added: 'F***ing hell. It's always an issue, when it's ME. I mind my business - just leave me be. Ppl on here love to twist what I do and say'

Upset: Iggy later added: 'F***ing hell. It's always an issue, when it's ME. I mind my business - just leave me be. Ppl on here love to twist what I do and say'

Upset: Iggy later added: ‘F***ing hell. It’s always an issue, when it’s ME. I mind my business – just leave me be. Ppl on here love to twist what I do and say’

It is not the first time Azalea has been accused of cultural appropriation.

The singer previously had to address criticism after being accused of swapping her Australian twang for a ‘blaccent’, rapping in a tone akin to African American Vernacular English.

Iggy said in 2014 it was a conscious decision of hers to ‘sound’ Black in her music, as opposed to rapping in her Australian accent and questioned ‘why is it such a big deal?’.

She told Complex at the time: ‘I couldn’t talk in an American accent—I could, but it would sound very fake—but I can rap in one with no problem. If you’re mad about it and you’re a Black person then start a rap career and give it a go, too.

Criticism: When the music video was released, a number of people took to Twitter to accuse Iggy of blackfishing

Criticism: When the music video was released, a number of people took to Twitter to accuse Iggy of blackfishing

Criticism: When the music video was released, a number of people took to Twitter to accuse Iggy of blackfishing

‘Or maybe if you’re Black, start singing like a country singer and be a white person. I don’t know. Why is it such a big deal?’

In 2014, American Hip Hop artist Azealia Banks accused the Voice judge, who raps in an American accent despite her natural Aussie twang, of appropriating black culture.

‘Its funny to see people Like Igloo Australia silent when these things happen… Black Culture is cool, but black issues sure aren’t huh?’ Azealia wrote. 

In 2015, Iggy came under fire for past homophobic and racist tweets she posted prior to her rise to fame.

They included ‘When guys whisper in eachothers ears I always think that’s kinda homo’; ‘Is it wrong Im happy to hear southern accents again and not mexican ones? F**k it. I am’; ‘just saw 5 black men get arrested out the front of popeyes #damn #stereotypes’; and ‘b**ches in LA be stick skinny. To the bone. White, black, mexican… okay so maybe not mexican.’

Iggy Azalea’s past controversies 

Singing in a ‘blaccent’

The singer previously had to address criticism after being accused of not using her Australian twang and instead rapping rapping in a tone akin to African American Vernacular English.

Iggy said in 2014 it was a conscious decision of hers to ‘sound’ Black in her music, as opposed to rapping in her Australian accent and questioned ‘why is it such a big deal?’.

She told Complex at the time: ‘I couldn’t talk in an American accent—I could, but it would sound very fake—but I can rap in one with no problem.

‘If you’re mad about it and you’re a Black person then start a rap career and give it a go, too.

‘Or maybe if you’re Black, start singing like a country singer and be a white person. I don’t know. Why is it such a big deal?’

Past racist and homophobic tweets

In 2015, Iggy came under fire for past homophobic and racist tweets she posted prior to her rise to fame.

They included ‘When guys whisper in eachothers ears I always think that’s kinda homo’; ‘Is it wrong Im happy to hear southern accents again and not mexican ones? F**k it. I am’; ‘just saw 5 black men get arrested out the front of popeyes #damn #stereotypes’; and ‘b**ches in LA be stick skinny. To the bone. White, black, mexican… okay so maybe not mexican.’

She also tweeted about playing soccer with ‘d*ke b**ches’, as well as making comments about Asian people pretending they don’t understand English.

At the time, the rapper apologised for the remarks, writing: ‘Unfortunately in the past as a young person, I used words I should not have. 

‘The last thing I want is for something so carelessly said to be interpreted as reflective of my character. I meant no harm and deeply regret ever uttering those words.

‘As an adult I would never use them because I understand they play a detrimental role in the fight for issues that I do truly believe in.’

Controversial lyric changes

In 2012, the songstress caused controversy for her song D.R.U.G.S, a remix of Kendrick Lamar’s Look Out for Detox.

Iggy adapted one of the songs lyrics to “When the relay starts, I’m a runaway slave / Master”.

After facing a mountain of backlash from her listeners, the star released a letter months later apologising and stated it was a ‘tacky and careless’ thing to say.

In a written statement, Iggy wrote: ‘Sometimes we get so caught up in our art and creating or trying to push boundaries, we don’t stop to think how others may be hurt by it.

‘In this situation, I am guilty of doing that and I regret not thinking things through more.’

Accusations of cultural appropriation

Iggy’s 2019 album In My Defence was savaged by music critics, who called it ‘unoriginal’ and accused her of cultural appropriation. 

In 2014, American Hip Hop artist Azealia Banks accused the Voice judge, who raps in an American accent despite her natural Aussie twang, of appropriating black culture.

‘Its funny to see people Like Igloo Australia silent when these things happen… Black Culture is cool, but black issues sure aren’t huh?’ Azealia wrote. 

In 2016 Macklemore, otherwise known as Ben Haggerty, released the song ‘White Privilege II’ in which he dissed Iggy and Miley Cyrus for appropriating black culture.

The lyrics are: ‘You’ve exploited and stolen the music, the moment. The magic, the passion, the fashion, you toy with, The culture was never yours to make better.’

He added: ‘You’ve taken the drums and the accent you rapped in. You’re branded “hip-hop,” it’s so fascist and backwards.’   

 

 

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She also tweeted about playing soccer with ‘d*ke b**ches’, as well as making comments about Asian people pretending they don’t understand English.

At the time, the rapper apologised for the remarks, writing: ‘Unfortunately in the past as a young person, I used words I should not have. 

‘The last thing I want is for something so carelessly said to be interpreted as reflective of my character. I meant no harm and deeply regret ever uttering those words.

‘As an adult I would never use them because I understand they play a detrimental role in the fight for issues that I do truly believe in.’

She finished by apologising to anyone she had ‘offended or disappointed’, and wished her friends taking part in the event good luck. 

Controversy: It is not the first time Azalea has been accused of cultural appropriation, she has previously addressed criticism for swapping her Australian twang for a 'blaccent'

Controversy: It is not the first time Azalea has been accused of cultural appropriation, she has previously addressed criticism for swapping her Australian twang for a 'blaccent'

Controversy: It is not the first time Azalea has been accused of cultural appropriation, she has previously addressed criticism for swapping her Australian twang for a ‘blaccent’

In 2012, the songstress caused controversy for her song D.R.U.G.S, a remix of Kendrick Lamar’s Look Out for Detox.

Iggy adapted one of the songs lyrics to “When the relay starts, I’m a runaway slave / Master”.

After facing a mountain of backlash from her listeners, the star released a letter months later apologising and stated it was a ‘tacky and careless’ thing to say.

In a written statement, Iggy wrote: ‘Sometimes we get so caught up in our art and creating or trying to push boundaries, we don’t stop to think how others may be hurt by it.

‘In this situation, I am guilty of doing that and I regret not thinking things through more.’

Reaction: Iggy said in 2014 it was a conscious decision of hers to 'sound' Black in her music, as opposed to rapping in her Australian accent and questioned 'why is it such a big deal?'

Reaction: Iggy said in 2014 it was a conscious decision of hers to 'sound' Black in her music, as opposed to rapping in her Australian accent and questioned 'why is it such a big deal?'

Reaction: Iggy said in 2014 it was a conscious decision of hers to ‘sound’ Black in her music, as opposed to rapping in her Australian accent and questioned ‘why is it such a big deal?’

Response: Iggy adapted one of the songs lyrics to 'I'm a runaway slave / Master', after facing a mountain of backlash from her listeners, the star released a letter months later apologising

Response: Iggy adapted one of the songs lyrics to 'I'm a runaway slave / Master', after facing a mountain of backlash from her listeners, the star released a letter months later apologising

Response: Iggy adapted one of the songs lyrics to ‘I’m a runaway slave / Master’, after facing a mountain of backlash from her listeners, the star released a letter months later apologising

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