If you go to an Iggy Azalea show these days, don’t expect to see her go for a wee crowd surf. She’s had to stop. In fact, even at small shows, she’s had to put crowd barriers in place. The reason for this? Too many people have been trying to finger her at her shows. Which some fucked up people might see as being victimless fun. But more rational people (and, y’know, the law) see as being blatant sexual assault.
In a rather cringe-worthy interview with two leering dudes on New York radio station Hot 97, Azalea revealed that she gets Tweets from people revealing their intentions prior to shows: “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.”
Azalea also says that the behaviour tends to be slightly more common among female fans than male, “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 okay.”
The hosts, as much as they protest that it ain’t right, manage to spout off some inherently foul and misogynistic remarks about the issue, at one point pondering if the “puffiness of her butt” acts as something of a shield against behaviour such as this, more or less nullifying what scrap of good sentiment they were trying to project.
The entire interview is below, and it’s an incredibly hard listen. I’d suggest going for an angry walk afterwards, or punching a cushion, or… y’know… anything. Serenity now.
Rape is rape, kids. Being a relatively anonymous head in a crowd doesn’t ever excuse it.
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