“The men in these comments are sick.”
Iggy Azalea, a pop star heralded as much for her impressive twerking skills as for her music, decried Monday the “vile” fantasies male commenters shared about her body after topless photos of her leaked.
In a since-deleted tweet, Azalea vented her feelings on the release of nude images taken during a 2016 GQ photoshoot, People magazine reported. According to the “Fancy” singer, the photos were outtakes and were disseminated without her consent.
“I never consented to taking topless pictures for potential release, period. It was my understanding BEFORE shooting, GQ do not print topless pictures,” she said.
Azalea said the leak made her feel “blindsided embarrassed, violated, angry, sad, and a million other things.”
“Not solely because I didn’t consent to this – but also because of the vile way people have reacted,” she wrote. “A lot of the comments I see from men in particular taking things even further and sharing their thoughts and fantasies in regards to my body had honestly disturbed me. The outright wicked things people say is overwhelming & makes me feel like throwing up.”
Azalea pledged to find out “where the leak originated from” and press criminal charges against the responsible party.
“I have seen some really vicious shit written in the last 24 hours and it is too much negativity for me to handle,” the rapper said, before revealing she’d be deactivating her social media accounts.
Iggy Azalea topless photos and the male gaze
Feminist commenters on social media expressed their sympathies for the “victimized” singer and condemned the objectification of her body, as well as the “sexist” reaction of men. Their criticism fit into a broader cultural debate over “the patriarchy’s” supposed oppression of women.
“The men in these comments are sick,” one outraged Twitter user complained.
“She could easily spin this situation into both the photos and the leak being a feminist statement against the way men treat and see female bodies as purely sexual commodities OR photos letting you know her next project is emotionally uncensored, if she wanted to, though,” wrote another commenter.
Men are sick
— Jorgie 🏳️🌈🇵🇷 (@jldejesusii) May 28, 2019
Disgusted fans of the singer even started a #RespectIggy hashtag in a display of solidarity and urged others to stop sharing the topless photos. Some of Azalea’s more zealous aficionados even went as far as to call on fans to “destroy” the photographer who they claimed was responsible for the leak.
My dude, big difference from her wanting to do it and someone leaking it. It’s called consent.
— Ali Da Boi (@ali_as7m) May 28, 2019
“A woman is aloud to do what ever she wants with HER body and how SHE feels about showing what SHE wants is fine but the second someone else make a choice for you that is against the law then you should take the right action against them,” said one commenter.
But a vocal segment of Twitter users dismissed the idea that Azalea had been victimized. They were skeptical of the rapper’s claims that she felt violated, considering her extensive history of flaunting her assets. According to them, Azalea is no stranger to trading on her sexuality, and her outrage is transparently phony.
“She knew what she was doing. It’s all a publicity stunt to stay relevant. Most of her fame is due to her sexuality anyway. Her body is amazing and I appreciate her for showing it to me,” wrote a critic.
"I can show my body off on the web for the whole world to see ,twerk & all…..but don't be saying disrespectful stuff to me while i do it I'm still a queen",
– A dumb ass bitch . 😌
— Julius 🌹®🖤🔴 (@iGetsLive) May 28, 2019