Back in January, controversial rapper Azealia Banks got into a heated word exchange with celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, during which she called him the derogatory F-word that is hurtfully used to describe gays. It seems that since then, the rapper has been catching much heat over her comments, which were not well received by her gay fans. She recently took to her Twitter page to defend her use of the word.
“Everyone pretending to be so shocked and moved by the word (fa***t)… It’s like society is so bored with itself it needs to hold on to these outdated rules of what you can say and cannot say… Why has society accepted ‘ni**er’ As a colloquialism … But will not accept ‘(fa***t)’?” she tweeted.
“Everyones always acting like its f**king 1905 in this b****. What is your definition of the word foolio? (Fa***t) means coward, liar, backstabber…… Energy stealer, blood sucker. Perez tries to get every gay person all riled up when the only (fa***t) I see …….. is him. It’s really time for a cultural shift. All these leftover old world social themes we’re all still trying to hold on to are BOOORRIIING”
Back in January, GLAAD’s Associate Director of Entertainment released a statement regarding the lyricist’s comments to Perez.
“Banks’ claim that the word “fa**ot” doesn’t mean a gay male is not true. Regardless of her intent or her personal definition, what matters is the meaning given to that word by those who hear it, and the damage it causes when they do. Undoubtedly there are gay kids who follow her on Twitter who hear this word in an entirely different context. This word is used almost universally by bullies, often as part of a larger verbal or physical assault. This word hurts those kids, no matter what Banks meant by it.”
Banks has since come out publicly questioning the validity of the organization during an interview with Australian music site, Themusic.com.
“There are such bigger problems… and then you’ve got organisations like GLAAD, which are f**king complete bulls**t.”
“I mean let’s look at it, it’s gay and lesbian alliance against defamation, or whatever…. that’s what it stands for, right? I mean would you agree that homosexuals, and the homosexual community, have bigger problems than the word (fa***t), you know what I mean?”
What do you think of her defense?