Iggy Azalea Can't Revive Her Fading Career By Twerking

Someone, Please Tell Iggy Azalea She Can't Revive Her Career By Twerking

Now that everyone in the industry has a big butt, no one really cares about how large your ass is or how well you can shake it. Honestly, people expect that nowadays.

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I wanted Iggy Azalea to win. I really did.

The first song I heard from her was "Work" (and it's still my jam!) and I was instantly hooked. Not only was the song catchy, but Iggy had an interesting look and style. It's no secret that there is a shortage of white artists in hip-hop, especially women, so it was pretty cool to see a big-bootie white girl rapping her heart out. When she came out with "Fancy," I became an even bigger fan (as did the rest of the world.) People who had never heard of Iggy Azalea were now vibing to her music and cheering her on. She was unlike any other woman rapper out.

Then everything went downhill.

Iggy's first mistake was being a racist, homophobic asshole. Honestly, I don't understand why people don't delete their Twitter accounts and make new, professional accounts once they become well-known (or just don't post derogatory and disrespectful things in the first place, but I guess we can't all be decent human beings), but for some reason celebrities keep getting their old, offensive tweets thrown back in their face. Iggy was no exception to that.

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Just when I wanted to forgive her, I got pissed off all over again reading those. People love to throw out the excuse that people "make mistakes" and that everyone deserves a second chance, but racism, ignorance, and homophobia are not the equivalent of forgetting your friend's birthday or borrowing your roommate's soap without asking. They affect a large group of people physically, mentally, and emotionally and come from deep-rooted prejudices and biases.

Most people can't just wake up one day and decide to never be racist again. It's a process that takes time and is only achieved through a personal and deliberate want to change, not because they were called out and their career and money are at stake. She even referred to herself as a "runaway slave master" in her song "D.R.U.G.S," so she has been saying and doing problematic things for a while.

Of course, people also tried to excuse her comments and say they weren't "that bad," but the people who were saying that were socially-disconnected white girls who think that anything that doesn't affect them is okay to turn a blind eye to, but as soon as they're called "Becky" want to cry and scream racism (yes, Iggy Azalea also did that, too).

Coupled with her nasty comments and faux ghetto girl persona, people were quick to cancel Iggy. No one likes a poser or anyone with a shitty attitude, and that's exactly what she was. Just as quickly as she rose to fame, she plummeted straight to the D-list. Now, Ms. Azalea is trying to make a comeback, with lots of booty shaking to accompany it. When she first stepped onto the scene, her large assets were striking and exotic, but now that everyone in the industry has a big butt, no one really cares about how large your ass is or how well you can shake it. Honestly, people expect that nowadays.

Iggy doesn't seem to understand that, though.

I can't even count how many times she has posted a video of herself twerking or a close-up picture of her butt.

I firmly believe that every woman has the right to show off her body and express herself the way she wants, but when that's all a woman does, it reeks of desperation. I don't care who will call me anti-feminist or sexist for that. It's just the truth. Iggy has devoted more time to showing off her body than she has to her career, which is actually kind of sad. The only song that has gained traction since her 2012 fall from grace is "Kream" and even then, the majority of the music video is her and a bunch of other women twerking.

Sex sells, so if that's what she needs to do to get views, then more power to her. But this same dog and pony show is getting old... very old.

People were never impressed with Iggy's lyricism and her new persona is just making her look more cheap and desperate. What happened to the "Fancy" days, or the "Black Widow" days, when she wasn't afraid to be sexy, but she didn't need to rely on her body so much (she didn't twerk once in the "Fancy" music video. She performed actual choreography). I firmly believe that she needs to show the masses that she is an artist, not a stripper. Her newest song doesn't sound unique and her bars are not skillful in the slightest. The only thing that even makes the video watchable is the twerking. (At least when Miley Cyrus went psycho culture-vulture, she had good music to go alongside her twerking.)

At the end of the day, I can't condemn Iggy Azalea for doing what almost every other female artist is doing. It seems that no musician can make a song or music video without referencing sex, twerking, or strippers, and quite frankly, it's disappointing. Maybe I'm more mad with the industry than I am Iggy. I just wish woman artists made us pay more attention to what they're saying, rather than the way their body looks and how it's moving.

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Austin Alexander Burridge, Volunteer Advocate, Shares 3 Great Reasons to Volunteer and Help Others

Austin Alexander Burridge is an avid academic who studies Environmental Science at Winona State University and believes that work in the service of others is a key pillar to personal development.

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Sometimes it's easy for someone to adopt a "me, me, me" attitude. While focusing on oneself, a person may feel nice in the moment, but serving and helping others will bring lasting benefits. While there are many great reasons to serve and help others, there are three universal truths that resonate with volunteers around the globe.

Austin Alexander Burridge's 3 Reasons to Volunteer:

1. Accomplishment

Often, people fall into a trap of focusing on themselves when they are feeling down. Maybe someone did not get a job they wanted. Or perhaps a person gets dumped by an expected lifelong companion. Maybe someone feels they have underachieved after looking at Facebook and seeing great things a high school classmate has accomplished. When feeling down, helping others is a proven way to improve one's mood and attitude, and it can provide a sense of pride and accomplishment. The act of giving to those in need is an inherently good action and leaves people with a wonderful feeling of joy.

2. Gratitude

One can become more appreciative of life by serving others that have less. Whether volunteering at a soup kitchen, visiting the elderly at an assisted living center, or helping families after a natural disaster, service enables people to be grateful for what they have. Seeing people who have fewer advantages, especially those who are spirited and thankful for small things, allows one to realize just how fortunate he/she is in life.

3. Friendships

Volunteering is a great way to build meaningful friendships, not only with other volunteers but also with those who are served. One of the most profound and fascinating aspects of these relationships is how volunteers will learn from those served and vice versa. As these special bonds are built, they lead to impactful connections that last for years to come.

Of course, these are just a few reasons to volunteer and serve others. One can never go wrong by helping others as opposed to merely focusing on oneself. Volunteering invariably and inevitably contributes to personal growth, development, and satisfaction.

About Austin Alexander Burridge: Helping others has been of paramount importance to Austin, and as a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Austin gave back to the community around him. He also has participated in annual peanut butter drives, The Minnesota Sandwich Project for the Homeless and collected canned goods for local food shelters. Additionally, Austin has a passion for the environment, which he pursued when visiting the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, and the Amazon Rain Forest while studying at the School of Environment Studies, which investigates ecological systems and their sustainability

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Saying You "Don't Take Political Stances" IS A Political Stance

All you're doing by saying this is revealing your privilege to not care politically, and here's why that's a problem.

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I'm sure all of us know at least one person who refuses to engage in political discussions - sure, you can make the argument that there is a time and a place to bring up the political happenings of our world today, but you can't possibly ignore it all the time. You bring up the last ridiculous tweet our president sent or you try to discuss your feelings on the new reproductive regulation bills that are rising throughout the states, and they find any excuse to dip out as quickly as possible. They say I don't talk about politics, or I'm apolitical. Well everyone, I'm here to tell you why that's complete bullsh*t.

Many people don't have the luxury and privilege of ignoring the political climate and sitting complacent while terrible things happen in our country. So many issues remain a constant battle for so many, be it the systematic racism that persists in nearly every aspect of our society, the fact that Flint still doesn't have clean water, the thousands of children that have been killed due to gun violence, those drowning in debt from unreasonable medical bills, kids fighting for their rights as citizens while their families are deported and separated from them... you get the point. So many people have to fight every single day because they don't have any other choice. If you have the ability to say that you just don't want to have anything to do with politics, it's because you aren't affected by any failing systems. You have a privilege and it is important to recognize it.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "history will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people."

We recognize that bad people exist in this world, and we recognize that they bring forth the systems that fail so many people every single day, but what is even more important to recognize are the silent majority - the people who, by engaging in neutrality, enable and purvey the side of the oppressors by doing nothing for their brothers and sisters on the front lines.

Maybe we think being neutral and not causing conflict is supposed to be about peacekeeping and in some way benefits the political discussion if we don't try to argue. But if we don't call out those who purvey failing systems, even if it's our best friend who says something homophobic, even if it's our representatives who support bills like the abortion ban in Alabama, even if it's our president who denies the fact that climate change is killing our planet faster than we can hope to reverse it, do we not, in essence, by all accounts of technicality side with those pushing the issues forward? If we let our best friend get away with saying something homophobic, will he ever start to change his ways, or will he ever be forced to realize that what he's said isn't something that we can just brush aside? If we let our representatives get away with ratifying abortion bans, how far will the laws go until women have no safe and reasonable control over their own bodily decisions? If we let our president continue to deny climate change, will we not lose our ability to live on this planet by choosing to do nothing?

We cannot pander to people who think that being neutral in times of injustice is a reasonable stance to take. We cannot have sympathy for people who decide they don't want to care about the political climate we're in today. Your attempts at avoiding conflict only make the conflict worse - your silence in this aspect is deafening. You've given ammunition for the oppressors who take your silence and apathy and continue to carry forth their oppression. If you want to be a good person, you need to suck it up and take a stand, or else nothing is going to change. We need to raise the voices of those who struggle to be heard by giving them the support they need to succeed against the opposition.

With all this in mind, just remember for the next time someone tells you that they're apolitical: you know exactly which side they're on.

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