Iggy Azalea Calls Out Recording Academy CEO's 'Infuriating' Comment for Women to 'Step Up'
"Every single woman in the entertainment business has stepped up again and again and been met with the door to the boys clubs cigar bar slammed in their face," Azalea tweets.
Iggy Azalea is the latest female musician to respond to Recording Academy President Neil Portnow, who said that the glaring lack of female winners at the Grammys on Sunday was a result of women in the music industry needing to “step up.”
In a series of tweets, the Australian rapper said she doesn’t necessarily think there is a need to boycott the award show -- yet -- but explained how the comments are “infuriating for women in entertainment."
Azalea is one of many female artists who have called out the out-of-touch comments. On, Monday, Pink, Halsey and Charli XCX also took to social media with a similar sentiment, saying women don’t need to step up because they already "owned music this year."
Portnow's comment was in response to a question about the fact that only two women took the stage during the telecast, with best new artist Alessia Cara as the only woman to accept a solo award onstage. He has since said the comments were "taken out of context," adding that he "wasn't as articulate as he should have been."
Check out Azalea's full thoughts below:
I’m not saying we should boycott anything just yet. However, if women don’t see signs of real change throughout the year a firmer stance may be needed to be taken seriously.— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) January 30, 2018
I just want to see my peers valued. #TimesUp https://t.co/CXnjepxkKh
the “step up” “we would welcome you” comment is infuriating for women in entertainment, for reasons far bigger than if a man or a woman wins an award or even “the Grammys” themselves.— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) January 30, 2018
I think it’s that every single woman in the entertainment business has stepped up again and again and been met with the door to the boys clubs cigar bar slammed in their face.— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) January 30, 2018
Watch to Madonnas women in music speech and look at the women in the crowd. They have tears in their eyes as she speaks because we ALL know first hand exactly what she’s talking about on so many levels.— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) January 30, 2018
I don’t think any of us are saying male artists are undeserving of recognition and celebration too, but we women know what goes on behind the curtain and so that’s why that comment from Neil has the girls fuming.— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) January 30, 2018
No, this plant has been growing vines for years without light or water. Time for women to keep speaking up & cut the roots off it. https://t.co/417hg8WTT3— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) January 30, 2018