Well, Azealia Banks can write “try again next year” next to “do not Twitter beef” on her make believe New Year’s Resolution list. Oh, and she can also cross off female camaraderie on this Resolutions list we’re totally concocting. From tweefing with Detroit underground rapper Angel Haze, which led to both women releasing diss records aimed at the other, to feuding with Perez Hilton on the same social networking site, Banks is off to a controversial year. It’s only the 7th.
Perez Hilton is #teamAngelHaze in the Angel vs. Azealia war. On Twitter he thought it was a good idea to tell Azealia he wasn’t feeling the diss records she’d released. His tweets have since been deleted, but not before Ms. Banks responded. Azealia sparked a firestorm when she responded, “lol, what a messy f*ggot you are.” Outrage at the use of her slur was immediate, as were the headlines. The controversy attracted so much attention GLAAD condemned the rapper for “homophobia.”
Azealia Banks is wrong. Perez Hilton is also wrong for the misogynistic and transphobe headlines he’s used on his own blog. Not to mention Hilton has been documented as using the word himself. In this case, though, it seems Banks’ career may take a hit for offending the LGBTQ community, many who were staunch supporters of the rapper, as well as people not part of the community but who think her actions are despicable. So early in her career Banks cannot afford the constant negative publicity. As a popular tweeter pointed out, her hits-to-hate ratio is a bit unbalanced in the wrong direction.
Can Azealia’s career blossom after such a controversial blowout? Would you still support the rapper? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section!
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