Taylor Swift Announces Ice Spice "Karma" Remix, Fans Highlight Matty Healy’s Racist Comments About Rapper

Taylor Swift is rumored to be dating Matty Healy and it has prompted fans to highlight Healy's comments about the rapper in a since-removed podcast.

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Taylor Swift has announced an Ice Spice remix of her song "Karma," and it has prompted fans to highlight comments her rumored boyfriend Matty Healy made about the rapper on a since-removed podcast.

In a post shared on Twitter, Swift confirmed that the deluxe edition of her 2022 album Midnights will feature a new version of the song "Karma" with Bronx rapper Ice Spice. In response, Spice called Swift the "sweetest person ever." Shortly after the news of the remix surfaced, some of Swift's fans took her to task over an appearance her rumored boyfriend Matty Healy of The 1975 made on an episode of The Adam Friedland Show, which has since been removed from Spotify.

The podcast is hosted by former Cum Town hosts Adam Friedland and Nick Mullen, who have both faced criticism in the past for comments many perceived as racist or homophobic. On the episode, Healy said that he messaged Ice Spice on Instagram after he learned that she was a fan of The 1975. Friedland and Mullen then referred to Spice as "Inuit Spice Girl," and proceeded to impersonate racist caricatures of Chinese and Hawaiian accents. "This chubby Chinese lady," the hosts chimed in. "‘Yeah, I rap and [make] music.’ Do they talk like that? Do Inuits talk like that?” Healy laughed at the hosts, who also made jokes during the podcast that were seen as misogynistic by many critics.

Many fans questioned the timing of Swift's new remix of "Karma" with Ice Spice due to Healy's appearance on the podcast. While some pointed out it wasn't him who made the comments, many were upset that Swift had the audacity to team up with the Bronx rapper while apparently dating Healy (which neither she nor he have confirmed, yet).

matt healy said some racist ass shit about ice on his fuck ass podcast, this doesn't feel right at all omg https://t.co/ONqk1NRvbg

— Aya 𑁥౿ (@ziarastar) May 24, 2023

Taylor Swift failing to address the racist comments Matt Healy made towards Ice Spice and then finding a way to profit off of her with a new collab is a text book example of white woman feminism. It’s convenient, manipulative and continues to shield and protect white men https://t.co/qZuTOmUm7e

— ⁷ (@undercoverARMY4) May 24, 2023

mind you Matty Healy (Taylor’s new BF) called her a Chubby chinese lady https://t.co/sK251ItWSK

— jay (@dojajay) May 24, 2023

Using Ice Spice for a remix to clear your image after all the racist shit your her nazi boyfriend Matty Healy said about her is a new low even for Taylor Swift https://t.co/D0qGaKAEyr

— MK8≛ MOTOPAPI (@FdezzGarciiia) May 24, 2023

I just realized that Matty Healy never called Ice Spice a chubby chinese lady or made fun of her... The person that did has an american accent and Matty is british https://t.co/uBkCnlip3e

— keí (@boobsweat1989) May 24, 2023

I've been viewing this Taylor Swift-Matty Healy thing like I view the inner workings of the Catholic Church: it's not really my thing but worth keeping tabs on since it effects the well-being of millions and has tremendous financial influence https://t.co/kyIYSz2g4h

— David Grossman (@davidgross_man) May 25, 2023

Shortly after the podcast went live earlier this year, Healy issued an apology to Ice Spice for his appearance on the podcast. “I just feel a bit bad, and I’m kind of a bit sorry if I’ve offended you,” Healy said during a recent show in Auckland, New Zealand. "Ice Spice, I’m sorry. It’s not because I’m annoyed that me joking got misconstrued. It’s because I don’t want Ice Spice to think I’m a dick. I love you, Ice Spice. I’m so sorry.”

matty healy apologising to @icespicee_ in auckland/nz: pic.twitter.com/gKrKET6Rd2

— Coup De Main (@coupdemain) April 21, 2023

Swift's fanbase has been up in arms about her alleged new boyfriend, who has faced controversy in the past but The Adam Friedland Podcast appearance has proved a final straw for many.

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