It’s been a bumpy ride, Iggy. You did the whole white-girl’s-day-out-in-India thing for a music video and made us cringe because, girl, you cannot just go into someone else’s house and try on their clothes, ride an elephant, and proclaim to have lived the Indian dream while other-ing brown people!
Some hope, though! You’ve got this hot jam out:
And this one, too!
You’ve got enough jams to slather across a million slices of toast. So, Iggy, I forgive you for your sari drag-inspired orientalism — and for your complicity in trying to turn the clock back on all the progress South Asians have made in pop culture in the last couple decades.
I’m even willing to overlook your latest Bollywood-inspired misstep, which involves working with Bollywood heavyweights A.R. Rahman and Sukhwinder Singh on “Million Dollar Dream” from Million Dollar Arm. I would’ve pleaded with you, Iggy, to not fuck this up. But that elephant has stampeded away — it has stampeded away to a dark place — maybe the elephant graveyard in The Lion King?
Iggy, this time you’re not the only one to blame here — but you should know better by now: We love your hip-hop hooks on frothy pop anthems! But, please, save the South Asian reappropriation for more desperate divas.