Azealia Banks In Twitter War With Perez Hilton
By Andrew Villagomez
Twitter was a-buzz Friday night with a Twitter war between allegedly bisexual, young rapper Azealia Banks and celebrity gossiper Perez Hilton. Azealia is not new to drama in the rap community, as MTV News points out, but this fight all began with Perez asking Azealia about another tiff she recently had going on, which triggered Azealia to respond in a, well, not so friendly matter: "[Perez] get the fuck outta here dickbreath. U were just riding my clit yesterday..... Kick rox." Classy right?
More statements were traded between the two as Perez continued to provoke Azealia: "[Azealia] Some of your music is cute, but your attention-seeking ways are pathetic and hurtful. You drag while others choose to uplift!"
Which led her to not only wish his death, but to use a very homophobic slur and providing us a new definition to it: "A faggot is not a homosexual male. A faggot is any male who acts like a female. There's a BIG difference." Quite the shot to both gay men and women.
It was here that caused several others to reply in support of Perez, but more so in support of calling out Azealia for using the slur and educating her in how nasty using it truly was. Among them was filmmaker and LGBT activist Ryan James Yezak, who recently released a video montage of 2012. Ryan tweeted: "We shouldn't hate on [Azealia] for her use of derogatory words - this should be used as an opportunity to help her learn & understand."
By the end, Azealia realized how she could've offended people, at least she tried to come off that way: "My most sincere apologies to anyone who was indirectly offended by my foul language. Not sorry for Perez tho. Lol." She said goodnight shortly after to her followers, and Perez retweeted comments from supporters and countless new posts he created.
While at least Azealia tweeted an apology, some question its sincerity, and it does not justify using it. In the end, there were no winners in this fight, and only time will tell how this will all play when Azealia's debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste, FINALLY releases Feburary 12.
Azealia replied to all the Twitter comments: "Really not as moved by this f word thing as u all want me to be. As a bisexual person I knew what I meant when I used that word ... And I meant what I meant when I used that word."
Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears also provided his thoughts prior to Azealia's latest remarks: "Oh yeah. 'Faggot.' Totally cool. Give me a fucking break ... [It's] all about context. And right now, I'm sorry, but context is not on your side."
He also brought up Donna Summers' similar actions: "[She] was ostracized for a decade from words she used about her gay fans. Too bad she didn't have twitter to recant them immediately."