A branch of the hacking group Anonymous took to Twitter Friday to threaten female rapper Iggy Azalea, claiming it would release a sex tape of the star if she did not publicly apologize to fellow rapper Azealia Banks, with whom she is actively feuding.
Azalea and Banks have reportedly been at it for several years, with the latest round of public blows turning racial in nature.
The Anonymous hackers have apparently sided with Banks on the issue, and made the threats regarding the release of an alleged X-rated video, which they claim features the Australian-born star.
Their messages on Twitter reportedly read:
You are guilty of misappropriating black culture, insulting peaceful protesters, and making light of Eric Garner’s death…There’s an X rated tape of you, we bet you’d certainly don’t want public, are we right? @IGGYAZALEA….and this is nothing. Comply or else.
The Anonymous Twitter account was suspended shortly after, but another message was posted from another Anonymous account.
“It’s okay everyone, we’ll be back. We just have some stuff to take care of,” the message said.
Banks has accused her public adversary of not caring about black issues, reportedly citing a New York grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner.
She also insulted the fellow rapper, accusing her of trying to be black, hinting that her presence in hip hop music was harmful to young black kids.
“I just really want to know what your fascination with Black women is.” Banks reportedly said. “Why do you want to act like us? I need to know. Why do you imitate us in such a way that I feel like you are actually making fun of us? Why?”
She added, “When they give these Grammys out, all it says to white kids is: ‘Oh yeah, you’re great, you’re amazing, you can do whatever you put your mind to.’ And it says to black kids: ‘You don’t have s–t. You don’t own s–t, not even the s–t you created for yourself.’ And it makes me upset.”
Iggy responded in a statement, via US Weekly, that partially read:
Special msg for banks: There are many black artists succeeding in all genres. The reason you haven’t is because of your piss poor attitude…
Your inability to be responsible for your own mistakes, bullying others, the inability to be humble or self control. It’s YOU!
You created your own unfortunate situation by being a bigot and don’t have the mental capacity to realize yet. Probably never will…
Now! rant, Make it racial! make it political! Make it whatever but I guarantee it won’t make you likable & THATS why ur crying on the radio.