News: Azealia Banks Sparks Controversy, New Beef W/ Gay Slurs

Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 8:42PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

New York rap newcomer Azealia Banks has shifted her issues with fellow female emcee Angel Haze and shot a few controversial remarks toward openly gay gossip blogger Perez Hilton.

According to reports, Banks responded to comments initially made by Hilton in relation to her current feud with Haze.

Azealia Banks has been involved in countless Twitter beefs, but she may have gone too far this time. On Friday night, Banks went toe-to-toe with celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, on Twitter, after he expressed his dislike for her beef with Angel Haze and for her apparently not wanting to work with Rihanna. Both exchanged loaded words, many of which were deleted, but all came to a halt when Azealia tweeted a gay slur directly at Perez. (Billboard)

While Azealia used an offensive gay slur, she did let followers know it had nothing to do with homosexuality.

"@PerezHilton lol what a messy f*ggot you are.," she tweeted January 4th.
"A f*ggot is not a homosexual male. A f*ggot is any male who acts like a female. There's a BIG difference."
"If u listen to my m usic and are not offended by the word n*gga..... We're not gonna go here with this f*ggot sh*t... We're just not. Lol" (Azealia Banks' Twitter)

Last winter, Perez took offense to similar phrasing made by West Coast rapper Game.

"If you look any other way but straight while you pissin' you got that #FagSwag," he tweeted Sunday.
"If you cried when the ship sank in Titanic... You got that #FagSwag"
"@PerezHilton this is comedy.... Stop gettin ya panties all inna bunch... That's #FagSwag" (Game's Twitter)

Fellow Harlem, New York rapper A$AP Rocky revealed his strong stance against homophobia last year.

"I don't give a f*ck about your business," ASAP Rocky said in an interview. "Man, if you're gay we can be friends. If you're straight, we can be friends. I'm not gay, I don't plan on being gay, I don't condone it and I'm not sayin' I'm against it. I really don't give a f*ck and I don't think anyone should care about what another man's preference is... unless he's interested, if you know what I'm sayin' ... Who gives a f*ck? --- I like women. I love women. I'm not going to not be your friend because you like men. As long as you're a great person and, aside from that, y'know, you don't bother me and make me uncomfortable, then let's be friends, dude. It doesn't matter. You don't see people for being gay. People need to leave gay people the f*ck alone. Like, who cares? If you still care about sh*t like that you need to just hang yourself like the rest of them KKK motherf*ckers. For real. Who gives a f*ck?" (Spinner)

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