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11 May 2016, 11:15
WHY IS SHE LIKE THIS?
Are you tired of Azealia Banks? Because I'm tired of Azealia Banks. If it had felt like too much time had passed since Azealia Banks said something morally reprehensible on Twitter, no worries. She's back at it again with the Twitter feuds.
Azealia accused Zayn of plagiarizing ideas from her in his latest video, "Like I Would". Zayn subtweeted a casual denial and Banks responded to a Zayn selfie with some really horrible slurs. It's unclear whether or not Zayn and Azealia know each other in real life, but Banks did mount the allegation that Zayn had given out her cell number to his fans.
Azealia Banks needs to simmer down a little— Skai Jackson (@skaijackson) May 10, 2016
will azealia shut the fuck up already?— M-N-E-K (@MNEK) May 11, 2016
Somehow, 14 year old Disney Channel star, Skai Jackson got caught up in the mess and things got particularly nasty. Banks referred to Skai as a "lil black bitch" and a "thot" while body shaming and sex shaming her. Yes, sex shaming a 14 year old.
@AZEALIABANKS why you been saying nasty things about me ? I wasn't talking about you lol ?— zayn (@zaynmalik) May 11, 2016
Azealia, who just released a video for "Big Big Beat" (a song that many were hoping would signal a comeback for Banks), has been relentless in her attacks. I mean, for 12 hours straight Banks tweeted terrible things to everyone under the sun.
Despite Azealia's belief that no one has supported her in her career, the controversial musician has been given so many opportunities as an artist. That Banks is even able to make music at a professional level when she has acted as the biggest saboteur to her own career is beyond astonishing.
I think it's time we leave Azealia Banks behind.
Racism, misogyny, homophobia, and erratic attention seeking behaviour are all her calling cards. How ever good the music is and however much "potential" Banks has, she is clearly a person who cannot be included in any progressive music culture.
Black women have so many important stories and narratives to speak from but Azealia's attitudes tarnish a perspective that is so often ignored by the mainstream.
While we should all hope and wish Azealia is able to tackle her triggers and live up to her potential, it would be a mistake to keep supporting someone whose thoughts and opinions are harmful in every way imaginable.