Azealia Banks has been very vocal about race and sex issues. A few months ago she called out white rapper Iggy Azalea, and when T.I. hopped to her defense, Banks called him a “shoe shining coon” on Hot 97.
Banks has also used homophobic slurs in her Twitter arguments with bloggers and rappers. Yesterday afternoon she published an Instagram post captioned: “Azealia Banks is Homophobic 1.” The Harlem rapper contends that gay men should not be allowed to use the “bitch” word when referring to women.
Banks has been kicking up much dust on her Instagram posts this week. On Tuesday, February 3, she posted a picture of herself in #whiteface. She later posted two more pictures of her preparation for a video shoot for “Ice Princess” off her Broke With Expensive Tastealbum. The original “#whiteface” picture caused an uproar, prompting Banks to take to Twitter to deliver a mass address to those who had criticized her picture, even though she had also used racial slurs.
A career rapping or speaking to large audiences is very befitting for the outspoken Banks, who – like it or not – raises a lot of politically correct points. In her February 5th Instagram post, she wrote:
Why is it ok for a gay man to colloquially use the word “Bitch” to refer to women, but is it not okay for me to colloquially use the word “Faggot” to refer to my opponent? Do gay men get a special pass to say misogynist things…
Is what Banks said not one of the most refreshingly truthful things ever said? Her message could be equally applied to some, who are still in the closet. Saying misogynistic things should not be a one-way street; no group of people should have favor over the other when it comes to saying misogynistic things.