Iggy Azalea always seems to find herself in and out of trouble with the Black community over her comments about Black culture, and things were no different this week when she decided to chime in on Beyoncé’s “Becky” scandal and claim the term is offensive to white women. Not surprisingly, fans fired back at Iggy over her statements and now “How To Get Away With Murder” star Matt McGorry has chimed in and completely challenged Iggy’s comments.
As previously reported, Bey’s BeyHive Stans have been searching all week to find out who is “Becky,” the mysterious woman whom Bey alleged that Jay Z cheated on her with on her new album, Lemonade.
This week, Iggy put her two cents in on the matter on her Twitter page and demanded that people not refer to her as a “Becky” because she believes it’s a form of reverse racism.
According to media reports, McGorry, who has been a vocal civil rights advocate and feminist, spoke about Iggy’s comments in a recent interview and he criticized her argument, saying that reverse racism doesn’t exist and that the stereotypical names and racist treatment of Black women far outweigh the impact of a so-called stereotypical term like “Becky.”
“I think there’ no reverse racism. I think it’s not a real thing,” McGorry said. “I think that what seems like a lighthearted joke goes one way and is not necessarily lighthearted the other way.”
He continued, “I think Black women are stereotyped in such broad, sweeping strokes to begin with and that affects their lives on a daily basis. White people, white women aren’t as subjected to that when it comes to the race issues. Women in general? Sure. But just as there’s no such thing as reverse sexism, white people’s lives are not, ultimately, terribly affected other than their feelings hurt from being called a racist.”
We couldn’t have said it any better. It’s amazing and wonderful that someone like McGorry, who clearly has the privilege of not enduring the struggles of being Black, at least understands why he should not compare his struggles to that of a Black man or woman. Unfortunately, Iggy still doesn’t seem to understand that her appropriation of Black music doesn’t allow her the right to compare her discomfort with being called “Becky” to the history of pain that Black women and men have felt over the numerous stereotypical and racist names they’re called.