Azealia Banks: GLAAD is ‘F**king Bulls**t’

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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.”

More at The Music

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."

UPDATE:

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: https://twitter.com/AZEALIABANKS/status/287411995593039873.

Comments

  1. ursomniac says

    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.

  2. Maguita says

    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.

  3. Francis says

    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.

  4. Peter says

    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.

  5. will b says

    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.

  6. Swiminbuff says

    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.

  7. Tony says

    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.

  8. Brian in Texas says

    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.

  9. JJ says

    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.

  10. Mikey says

    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.

  11. Sam says

    Mikey: Agree with you about the importance for this discussion of establishing what the younger gay crowd considers OK. But I have a very different conception of the matter…I’m 22, gay, friends are gay, partake in club scene etc., but I do NOT hear fag or faggot around. It’s not something I say; it’s not something that’s said. I’m not inclined to think that the nonchalant use of that word is okay, and I don’t think my friends are so inclined either.

  12. Sam says

    Mikey: Agree with you about the importance for this discussion of establishing what the younger gay crowd considers OK. But I have a very different conception of the matter…I’m 22, gay, friends are gay, partake in club scene etc., but I do NOT hear fag or faggot around. It’s not something I say; it’s not something that’s said. I’m not inclined to think that the nonchalant use of that word is okay, and I don’t think my friends are so inclined either.

  13. TDSE says

    To be fair Mikey, as a young gay man myself, if anyone called me a faggot, fag or queer, affectionately or not, I’d be highly offended. Like you said, it is important for people to understand the context of a word, and Ms. Banks should understand that for many people that word is highly offensive.

    In the end, however, there is honestly two different discussions going on here. One is a more academic debate on whether or not fag/faggot can be separated from its histocally bigoted past, and therefore whether it is appropriate in certain situations. The other is about the intent behind Ms. Banks use of faggot. She clearly was using the word in a derogatory way, and no matter how much a person believes in being able to reclaim and repurpose the word, I don’t think anybody can support her actions.

  14. Stefan says

    How about we just acknowledge that there are words that mature adults understand should not be used, at the very least not in public, because of the history of persecution and abuse and death they carry. All this crap about “reclaiming” words is just that–crap. I doubt that those who casually throw around these words do it for any reason other than shock value, and I doubt there isn’t someone who hears it and isn’t hurt.

  15. Francis says

    Mikey, key word in your post is “affectionately”.

    Do I personally use or like any of these words? Absolutely not. But you’re a gay man. Azealia Banks is not. Azealia Banks is NOT a gay or bisexual man and thus she is not at all in any position to tell us how we’re supposed to view these words. PERIOD. She needs to take a seat and know her place. Azealia Banks is not using these words in a safe space around people who can fully grasp the context; she’s taking to twitter to spew anti-gay invective. And the reason why she’s doing it is because she couldn’t care less about gay and bisexual guys, she couldn’t care less about her young gay fanbase. People are being manipulated to by this trashy woman who is using younger impressionable gays for money.

    These boys think using these slurs somehow makes them bold or cool yet are the first ones to get mad when a straight guy calls them the f-bomb. That’s my biggest problem with this woman. Gay boys and their straight girl friends are being used by her. She’s sending an awful message. Azealia Banks in no way respects the history of the f-bomb, she does not respect her position as someone who influences many and has a fanbase that is majority gay, and worse of all, she is NOT using “f*g” or “gay” in any positive sense. She’s not using them affectionately. She’s not using them with positive intent, nor empowering intent. She’s not using them ironically with friends who will understand the joke and her intent immediately. She’s using them negatively, with hateful intent and has more or less said and defended as much.

    Anyone defending this woman is completely off-base and if you complain when a straight man or straight woman uses these words as slurs then you are a hypocrite. Azealia Banks isn’t becoming famous, she’s becoming infamous, infamous for being a loud mouth trashy individual who is more known for beefing with people than her music career. She has torpedoed any chance at ever becoming a globally recognized force. Absolutely no class.

  16. Hoodrat says

    She obviously is nothing but a ghetto hoodrat with no vocabulary, so she has to resort to personal insults when she’s angry instead of trying to debate like an adult. The best thing you can do is refuse to buy her sh1t (not that anyone was checking for her “music” in the first place) and ignore her. Don’t give her any attention and just let her fade away.

  17. Francis says

    Using these words willy-nilly off-the-cuff is ridiculous. The whole reclaiming BS that some younger gays are trying to do with these words isn’t working. Queer-identifying is catching on without offensive intent. But f*g? Absolutely not. It never will catch on in our lifetime. The word simply has too much negative historical connections and is used too often in a hateful, negative sense today. And has hurt and continues to hurt too many people. And we all know the few gay/bi boys who do think it’s totally OK to use these words like they would use any random word would get hurt by a straight person they aren’t completely comfortable with calling them these names and even then a major percentage of these same gays would still be offended, so this conversation is pretty silly.

    Azealia Banks isn’t a gay/bi man. Gay/bi guys who don’t see words like f*g as complete no-go words generally have the sense to not use these words completely off-the-cuff like some homophobic buffoon and won’t use these terms negatively. It’s about respecting the history of these words and the strong feelings people have towards these words and she doesn’t, so that’s the end of it.

  18. Art says

    If she can use the “F” word, can I call her by her family name? The “N” word. These people are such hippo-crits! “hippo” as in big fat runny poop mouths. Black people are always “diss”ing everyone and being vulgar.

    But then, what do you expect from a culture that thinks McDonald’s is a 5 star restaurant.

  19. Ronny says

    Wow, Art. You managed racism and sizeism in one post, just when it was getting intellectual and civilized. “big fat runny poopy mouths?” Which playground did you learn that from? Nice job dragging the conversation into an ugly gutter.

  20. Craig says

    I had never heard of her before these twitter wars. Still not sure why she’s famous for anything other than her tweets (is she a singer?). All I know is she’s obviously an attention whore and these articles are fuel her fire.

  21. Mel says

    And you can look no further than Steve Pardue. He didn’t comment on her being a bi-sexual female. Never mind the fact that there are black gay men here who he’s just offended. No, he didn’t think twice about that at all, he went straight for the old ace in the hole. And this is the attitude of many “white and hispanic” gay men in Los Angeles. So here’s a very cheery “F*CK YOU PARDUE!!!!”

  22. Poob says

    White gay male privilege all up and through here. The sad part is you’ll never really understand what she’s saying because you don’t have to.

    Know your place, as upwardly mobile DINCs, rule makers and dominators who can hide their sexuality at will and still be white and men when all is said and done. She knows her place as a black female and is probably sick of being muzzled by assholes who want to rule the world and tell her what her place is.

  23. Alex says

    Honestly, this has been dragged on too long. Is she even bisexual or is she “sleep with people for attention” kind of person. Not that it matters. We have made the N word quite fashionable for some reason. I have my own definition of the f word too. I think such a word is more fitting for those who use it to insult, humiliate, and degrade others. If she and others think F@qqot is good enough for you then im sure they want mind when you use it on them. Same thing goes for every other slur.

  24. Chitown Kev says

    The only thing that Miss Thing can reclaim is the epithet “bulldagger”

    If this is acceptable for younger gays then fine but understand that Hilton’s audience is more mixed and that not everyone accepts this usage just as not every black person accepts the relamation of the n-word

  25. Chitown Kev says

    @Poob

    Uh, no.

    Miss Thing is being unnecessarily provocative at this point.

    Stop using race to excuse her bigoted actions (which doesn’t mean that I think it’s OK for gay white men to use the n-word either).

  26. UDontKnow says

    Commenters on here must not be very familiar with NYC downtown and BK gay club culture. F*GGOT, P*SSY, C*NT heard all day everyday. That’s her fan base — not basic vanilla b*tches who just want to hear Adele and watch Glee.

  27. C*unt Lover says

    I love how these so-called “gay warriors” forgot that “f@ggot” applies to every race, but decided to call her and her family n#ggers. Did it ever once occur to you that maybe you yourself are even more offensive than she is? Madonna has said and done much worse, yet you love her. What you’ve succeeded in doing is showing us why white gay males are no different than their heterosexual brothers. And as for the comment about hispanics, sadly, this too is true. They are one of the most racists groups i’ve ever come across.

  28. Chitown Kev says

    I am tired of this blog eating well-thought out comments.

    Basically, noone should be calling banks the N-word, and that this seems to be acceptable speech among some black gays is no excuse either, in that case she needs to keep it in the confines.

  29. Firestorm says

    Keep digging that hole deeper, you stupid b*tch. You’ve already convinced Lady Gaga to cut your tracks from her album, so you may as well finish destroying what’s left of your career.

  30. Pewter says

    Never heard of her until this media outbreak and really have no feelings on her one way or another. I do, however, take opposition to silly people getting bent out of shape over a word. As grown adults, and even developing teenagers, people need to realize that words can only hurt you as much as you let them. As a 30 year old gay man, I was called faggot plenty of times growing up.It got to the point that I learned that it is just a word, not some big and powerful spell that casts you into shame and hurt-unless you let it.

    For those of you who will go off about doing it for the children (we don’t want them bullied, etc.), it’s called character development. It doesn’t help anyone to be bubble wrapped against society; we need to teach our children how to deal with conflict like mature adults, not pointing to somebody and saying that they just used a wordy-dirty. Grow up! If you don’t like the way someone talks, don’t associate with them- no need to go on a b*tchy tirade about how offended you are by them. I can’t help how you take the words that come out of my mouth. If it offends you, that’s on you.

  31. tiki2 says

    How pathetic that there are people here saying they don’t care what she says because they love her and will drop $$ on her synthetic, mechanical music. These are the same people that go to Chick-Filet and spit in the face of other gay people. Have some balls and self-respect. The gay community just settles for crumbs which is why we get dumped on so often.

  32. Firestorm says

    @TIKI2: Agreed. Mrs. Banks has every right to say what she wants, no matter how stupid it is, but I also have a right not to buy her crap. Giving money to her will just reinforce her behaviour, and show that anti-gay speech has no consequences.

    If Perez had called her a n*****, you know she’d be crying a river about it instead of “justifying” it by dismissing it as just words.

    I’m not giving one single dime to Orson Scott Card, and this sad waste of oxygen won’t see any of my money either.

  33. Jim says

    I absolutely despise when I see an African American discriminating against gays. It just boggles my mind. Do she know ANYTHING about history? Apparently she is too focused on herself. Pathetic.

  34. Landon says

    @Jim – Why does it boggle your mind? We are not the same in any way, shape or form. Please don’t try to compare being black to being gay! As a black gay man I have and still experience prejudice from WHITE GAY MALES in West Hollywood! Not to mention the ignorant comments in this blog. The first thing they attacked this woman on was her color! So what if she were Asian or Hispanic? Would she have been called racial slurs for those ethnicities as well? It all fine and dandy to preach equality, but this blog proves that white gay males are no different than their straight counter parts.

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