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Azealia Banks: GLAAD is 'F**king Bulls**t'


Singer Azealia Banks has had enough of GLAAD, the media, and anybody who disagrees with her using the word 'faggot', she tells Australia's The Music. Last week, Banks reignited a Twitter feud with Perez Hilton, taunting him with the word "faggot" repeatedly, and canvassing her 300,000 followers as to their definition of the word.

Last month, singer Jake Shears and GLAAD responded to Banks, denouncing her use of the word.

Now she's speaking out about it:

Banks“There are such bigger problems… and then you've got organisations like GLAAD [Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation], 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 faggot, you know what I mean?"

Furthermore, Banks pledges not to be torn down:

“Some people are Satanists, some people are Christians, some people are Jews, Buddhists, you know what I mean? Some people are still Nazis… there are some people who are still KKK members… Come on people, please. If you're trying to call me a homophobe, you're basically trying to imply that I’m insulting you for having sex with men. I have sex with men too – what the f**k?

“I have sex with men and women, do I have to take a picture of my licking a f**king pussy? What the f**k! It doesn't make any sense. It's so stupid. It's so stupid and it's so evil. And it's just like this stupid f**king media sh*t, you know what I mean? It's the media sh*t. And this is why I go about myself the way the way I go about myself, and I do whatever the f**k I want. If the media is going to build me up to tear me down, you motherf**kers are not going to tear me down.

“I just make these f**king raps, and I'm just gonna wear these outfits, and f**king live my life. I can't deal with you motherf**kers, I don't have time for this sh*t.”

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Said GLAAD's Matt Kane last month:

"[That] is an ugly, archaic word that was used to stigmatize a population of people who suffer high rates of violence both here in the U.S. and abroad. As far as we’ve come in this society, seeing it used by an artist many young people may look up to is painful, but even more so for those young fans, many of whom GLAAD has heard from."


GLAAD President Herndon Graddick reached out to Towleroad with a reaction to Banks' statements, and defense of the word "faggot".

Said Graddick:

"I've never said that Azealia Banks is anti-gay, but I think she talks like someone disconnected from the violence experienced by men who don't fit society's notions of masculinity -- violence that escalates when celebrities like Azealia Banks demean such people. It's the queer youth and those who might not fit the mold of masculinity who suffer most from this kind of crap she is peddling."

Additionally, GLAAD clarified that its blog posts in January about Banks were responses specifically to this tweet:

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  1. What a crazy liquored up whore

    Posted by: Will | Feb 18, 2013 10:03:03 PM

  2. Jesus Christ girl, you're like a black, girl version of Cartman.

    "I don't care! I do what I want!"

    Posted by: Hugh | Feb 18, 2013 10:04:48 PM

  3. I'm too old to know or care who this child is and I'm glad.

    Posted by: yuninv | Feb 18, 2013 10:08:50 PM

  4. I wonder if she feels the same about the word n*gg*r

    Posted by: Mark | Feb 18, 2013 10:11:52 PM

  5. Who is this wanna-be, and why does anyone care about her or her idiotic mis-informed opinions? It's not as if she's going to ever actually influence anyone's life.

    Posted by: ursomniac | Feb 18, 2013 10:11:58 PM

  6. Sigh. She just doesn't get it. I'm sure if it were the "N" word, she'd all the sudden have a problem. Just more ghetto trash with a record contract.

    Posted by: Paul | Feb 18, 2013 10:12:55 PM

  7. This Banks b@@ch needs to learn the meaning of force-quit hospitalization. Her career is over.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Feb 18, 2013 10:13:13 PM

  8. i guess she shouldn't have a problem if I call her an uneducated ni**er.

    Posted by: Steve Pardue | Feb 18, 2013 10:17:20 PM

  9. I never heard of the name Azealia Banks before she called someone a faggot.

    And would likely never hear of her again unless she commits murder, or something that big.

    Insignificant she was. Insignificant she stays.

    Posted by: Maguita | Feb 18, 2013 10:20:49 PM

  10. lol... still love her.

    Posted by: Peter | Feb 18, 2013 10:24:59 PM

  11. EASY with the n word people. Every time she opens her mouth she is closer to disappearing for good. She blew it.

    Posted by: Roast Beef | Feb 18, 2013 10:29:42 PM

  12. Oh. Hmm. The only reason I care about this woman is that so much of her fanbase are younger gay/bi guys and their girl friends. And they should not and cannot be manipulated and influenced into believing the crap this woman spews. She's destroying her career and I'm not shedding tears but I don't want younger gays looking up to this woman and thinking that she's cool or someone to listen to and take serious.

    Her complete lack of any sort of self-awareness and cultural awareness is astounding.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 18, 2013 10:31:42 PM

  13. Are we really concerned about the use of "faggot" by a bisexual artist who raps about eating pussy? How many times do you hear "fag" blurted out on a daily basis... by gay dudes. This bothered me for a while but it's obviously a colloquialism that most gays accept, and it isn't going anywhere. Come now. Give her a break.

    Posted by: Peter | Feb 18, 2013 10:34:39 PM

  14. Peter, I have to disagree. I'm gay, friends are gay, and no one uses the word fag or faggot anymore in a pejorative sense. We just don't talk to each other like that. It's over. It's a bad word now. I like that.

    Posted by: will b | Feb 18, 2013 10:42:40 PM

  15. You're making her famous. #fagmob #screwglaad

    Posted by: Lucas John | Feb 18, 2013 10:45:02 PM

  16. She deserves no break and she gets no break.

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Feb 18, 2013 10:45:20 PM

  17. Never heard of her before,don't expect to hear about her in the future. One angry woman with a mouth on her like a longshoreman. I expect this is the only way she gets any attention because her "music" apparently is not doing it for her. Her next step is probably reality tv or porn.

    Posted by: Swiminbuff | Feb 18, 2013 10:47:18 PM

  18. Educate ya selves. Her music is blowing up in the club scene.

    Posted by: Peter | Feb 18, 2013 10:55:10 PM

  19. @Peter.... In the same way that blacks can use the N-word, gay men can use fa@@ot. She is NOT A GAY MAN, therefore, she can't use the word. period....

    Posted by: anonymous | Feb 18, 2013 11:05:46 PM

  20. She's right about one thing...GLAAD is bullsh*t

    Posted by: Whatever | Feb 18, 2013 11:16:01 PM

  21. I don't even care about the word at this point. Now it's clear she just wants attention and she's extremely immature. Hopefully she will grow up and stop making herself look like a fool.

    Posted by: Tony | Feb 18, 2013 11:23:31 PM

  22. Sad to see the racist laden posts by Paul, Steve Pardue, and others...I guess every black person who does or says something you don't like are automatically deemed, "uneducated n*****", "ghetto trash", etc.

    You get and deserve what you put out.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Feb 18, 2013 11:27:11 PM

  23. Peter, there's a big difference between using a slur and reclaiming it. Gay guys *reclaim* the word fag by using it ironically and giving it a positive spin. Doing so disarms haters like Azealia Banks who use it as an insult. It may all sound the same to you if you don't have a strong sense of irony.

    Posted by: JJ | Feb 18, 2013 11:29:52 PM

  24. I'm a 24 year-old gay man and call my best friends fags, faggots, and queers affectionately every day.

    Does that make her right? Not necessarily. However, it's important context to establish what the younger gay crowd considers OK.

    Posted by: Mikey | Feb 18, 2013 11:33:09 PM

  25. Is this Joe Rickey Hundley's love child?

    Posted by: Carter | Feb 18, 2013 11:59:31 PM

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