Rapper Azealia Banks has defended using a homophobic slur during an online spat with US gossip blogger Perez Hilton.
Last week a feud began between Banks and another rapper, Angel Haze. Both of them used taunts in diss tracks to get at each other, with Perez Hilton championing Haze. This is thought to be the catalyst to Banks’ homophobic slur to Perez where she tweeted, ‘lol what a messy faggot you are’.
She then went on to call Hilton ‘dickbreath’, told him to ‘gobble a dick’ and added, ‘omg u should just kill yourself…Like for real.’ The American blogger then responded with a series of tweets in which he condemned Banks for using homophobic language. He replied, ‘Some of your music is cute, but your attention-seeking ways are pathetic and hurtful. You drag while others choose to uplift! Wishing death upon someone. Real cute! The only thing I wish dead is your barely-beginning career!’
Banks responded by tweeting, ‘Does your butthole whistle? Like is your butthole so stretched and raggedy the air whistles when you move it?’
Banks later defended her position and tweeted a rather ill-advised apology by saying, ‘A faggot is not a homosexual male. A faggot is any male who acts like a female. There’s a BIG difference.’ She added. ‘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.’
Fans took to Twitter in their droves criticising the up-and-coming rapper for using such offensive language. Has the rapper ruined her career before she’s even started?
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