Hackers threaten to release stills from Iggy Azalea sex tape amid feud with Azealia Banks
A Twitter account allegedly affiliated with Anonymous was just suspended after tweeting threats to release stills from a sex tape featuring Iggy Azalea. The hacker group was reacting to the ongoing feud between rappers Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks, in which Banks accused Azalea of appropriating black culture for her own profit while refusing to speak out on injustices suffered by the black community.
Banks specifically called out Azalea for not speaking out about the Michael Brown and Eric Garner verdicts, and Azalea brushed Banks off to promote her own world tour. The feud between the two rappers has played out on Twitter and on a particularly incendiary interview with Banks on Hot 97, resulting in Azalea to dismiss the criticisms Banks levied without taking into account the role her own white privilege played in her meteoric rise to stardom.
In the video, Banks offered this assessment of racism within the music industry.
“I feel like in this country, whenever it comes to our things, like black issues or black politics or black music or whatever, there’s always this undercurrent of kinda like a ‘fuck you,” she said on Hot 97. “That Iggy Azalea shit isn’t better than any f–king black girl that’s rapping today…The Grammys are supposed to be accolades of artistic excellence. Iggy Azalea is not excellent.”
Azalea then ignited the feud further by responding on Twitter.
Your inability to be responsible for your own mistakes, bullying others, the inability to be humble or have self control. It’s YOU!
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) December 19, 2014
Q-Tip then stepped in and schooled Azalea with a detailed history of hip hop.
As the battle between the two rappers heats up, the hackers purportedly tied to Anonymous decided to enter the fray, by threatening to release stills of an Iggy Azalea sex tape if she didn’t apologize to Azealia Banks. Vulture screencapped the offending tweets from the now suspended account @TheAnonMessage.
Azalea’s reps deny that the tape even exists in the first place. However, the hackers insist that it does and then proceeds to congratulate themselves on not releasing the entire video because the organization has “values.”
Although we’re inclined to agree with Banks assessment that Azalea has unapologetically co-opted black culture and failed to speak out on the pressing issues the community she liberally capitalizes off of faces, we’re hard-pressed to see how publicly sexually humiliating her acts as a moral victory. This kind of disturbing sexualized blackmail has become something of a sick trend.
Earlier this year, literary blogger Ed Champion faced a serious backlash when he tried to publicly blackmail her with naked photos. The most recent example involves blogger Chuck Johnson giving the UVA frat rape accuser a deadline to admit she made up the whole thing before he would release personal info he gleaned from her social networks. Of course, Johnson managed to fail spectacularly and release intel on the wrong person, which is aside from the fact that the whole blackmail tactic was sickening from the get go.
Whether or not you agree with Anonymous’s brand of vigilante justice, it’s counterproductive and regressive to resort to slut-shaming and sexual humiliation to rectify a very valid criticism regarding white privilege and cultural appropriation.