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Gay Man Responds to Azealia Banks' 'Faggot' Slurs with Rap Instructing Her to 'Love Don't Hate': VIDEO


Ryan James Yezak, the filmmaker behind the in-progress documentary Second Class Citizens (remember 'The Gay Rights Movement' video?), doesn't want to give up on Azealia Banks because of her use of anti-gay slurs, so he wrote this open rap to her.


In related news, GLAAD President Herndon Graddick reached out to Towleroad with a reaction to our post last night about Banks' attacks on the organization and her 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."

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  1. Are we all forgetting about the various racist, misogynistic, transphobic things that have been spewed by Perez Hilton and how's he's been complicit in the perpetuation of these forms of oppression or...

    Posted by: New-new | Feb 19, 2013 2:46:23 PM

  2. I'm so sick of the Azealia Banks thing. She is a 21-year old, bisexual rapper known for being vulgar.

    She is NOT our enemy. Everyone stop freaking out. Or is "faggot" only okay when Kathy Griffin says it?

    Posted by: JX | Feb 19, 2013 2:48:31 PM

  3. Agree with New-New. Perez Hilton has done far worse and never been subjected to this treatment.

    Posted by: Mikey | Feb 19, 2013 2:52:40 PM

  4. Who said Azealia was our enemy? No-one has said she's anti-gay. And bringing up Perez is ridiculous as well, because just because that man has made ignorant statements does not justify further ignorance. Also Perez is little more than a self-created persona who in the past made shocking comments with the intent to get attention.

    Azealia Banks is a woman (hint: not a gay or bisexual man) who has a large young gay following and she is sending an awful message to our youth. It's that simple, and for that reason ONLY she cannot be ignored, because otherwise, she is completely irrelevant. She is bi, OK, and? That doesn't excuse her. She's not a gay or bisexual man. She cannot dictate the terms of these words and she cannot think she can get away with using them so flippantly and hatefully.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 19, 2013 2:53:53 PM

  5. "Queer" is another word people use to demean those who don't fit the perfect image of masculinity. Sweet, sweet irony, Graddick.

    Posted by: Lucrece | Feb 19, 2013 2:55:34 PM

  6. "The last thing we need discrimination is in our own community."

    Maybe he should do a rap about the rampant racism and superiority complexes within "our own community".

    Posted by: UDontKnow | Feb 19, 2013 2:56:29 PM

  7. Wasn't queer considered a slur at one point? I'm curious why the transition of that word is accepted but the transformation of f*g is rallied against so hard? How do people get to decide who says what? If the defenition of a word transitions to a non derogitory term why not let that happen? I still struggle with those questions. I feel like it is generational, it seems younger gays embrace the transformative/ironic use of this word more than older gays who likely had that word hurled at them a lot more growing up.... idk....

    Posted by: cdubois | Feb 19, 2013 2:58:50 PM

  8. It is good to not only turn the other cheek, but to turn our collective heads as well. Walk away. Forget her through eyes, ears and mouth. She is persona non grata. Finis.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Feb 19, 2013 2:59:16 PM

  9. She is as within her rights to use the word "faggot" as we are to dislike her for using it.

    Bravo to Ryan James Yezak for speaking to her in her own language, but her recent defensive reactions imply she will only make us dislike her more.

    Clearly she doesn't care.

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Feb 19, 2013 2:59:21 PM

  10. Why do people care about a word that much? "Fag" hasn't meant what it used to in a long time. Language evolves.

    Azealia Banks might be childish and vulgar, but is she homophobic? No. I would undestand all this bitching and moaning if, say, the pope was the one using that word. It's all about the person using it. People need to take the sticks out of their asses and relax.

    As for Perez, if he's so upset with the word "fag" then he should stop using it himself.

    Posted by: Chris | Feb 19, 2013 3:00:40 PM

  11. CHRIS, people today are devoid of any understanding of context. "She said a bad word, crucify her!"

    You're right, she is not a homophobe. She said one poorly chosen thing, and GLAAD is all over her. I'd get defensive too.

    GLAAD is a useless organization with no sense of humor or art.

    Posted by: JX | Feb 19, 2013 3:05:00 PM

  12. "celebrities like Azealia Banks"

    She is not a celebrity, at the very least she's an entertainer. And not a very good one.

    Posted by: Edd | Feb 19, 2013 3:10:44 PM

  13. This whole flap reminds me of watching the Iran-Iraq war. I am rooting for both sides to lose.

    Posted by: melvin | Feb 19, 2013 3:10:49 PM

  14. @CDubois

    Well, no,in fact, the transition and reclaimation of "queer" is not entirely accepted in the community, esp. by older gays who had that word hurled at them as an epithet.

    But too late...I see the Oppression Olympics have started already (what about the racists? how dare Paris Hilton, of all people, etc. etc.)

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Feb 19, 2013 3:11:05 PM

  15. Language evolves? Hahahaha.

    Tell that to LGBTQ teens in high schools across the country. Some of you gays are so out of the loop and so desperate to act as if we're in some post-gay utopia and completely unaware of the realities that, you know, people living in the real world experience. In case you haven't read the studies, 75% of LGBTQ teens hear anti-gay comments and slurs daily, and anti-gay comments are BY FAR seen as the most hurtful to teens, both gay and straight. It's damaging, it's hurtful, to have who you are and words connected to your history, be slung around with no care and no respect.

    The context here is clear, this woman keeps using words like f*g and gay as a means to insult. Then people want to believe because "she's not a homophobe", it's OK, although her speech and what someone like Tank Carder said isn't much different. Yet the same gays defending Banks are the first to complain about someone like Tank Carder.

    It isn't OK to use f*g as a means to insult. Perez did it, he was called out by GLAAD and he was not supported by anyone. Who was defending the idiot? No-one in the gay community. You're going to give this woman a pass for using gay as an insult but not give the next person a pass for doing the exact same thing? LOL. Some of you are you own worst enemies.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 19, 2013 3:14:33 PM

  16. @CDubois - what's important is an application of intellectual-discernment; it's not about "different sets of rules" but in fact different sets of CIRCUMSTANCES.

    I do indeed proudly identify as Queer (among other things, gay being one, Canadian, another) and that self-identification has riled up some others, though I can't really understand why.

    true story: i was discussing queer identity at a cafe a few years ago with another friend who similarly queer-identifies, and another gentleman, a few decades older than man, snapped and got incredibly angry at the two of us. Asked us to "show some decency" and not use "the Q-word" , and told us we were insensitive for not respecting that that word had been used against him and his contemporaries as they were bullied and beaten throughout their lives. My friend asked what word we should be using instead, and the man said "Gay"

    well, there's the irony - "Gay" was the word used against me as a child. and a teen. it was the word used when *I* got shoved into lockers, followed and attacked on the way home from school, and all that jazz.

    some people, it seems, don't possess the ability to discern or understand nuance. they don't seem to understand that there are indeed vastly different circumstances that revolve around not just who uses what words, but in what context.

    and while in some cases it may be generational, it's also cultural and indicative of how one has been accepted, or not.

    there are a great many gay people who still have a goal of "being seen as normal" - and then there are folks like me who don't see perceived "normalcy" as a goal in any way, shape or form. i'm not "the norm" now, i wasn't as a child, i likely won't ever be, and i have no aspirations to it, either.

    some folks merely want to blend in. others don't want "not blending in" to be used as justification for discrimination or prejudice against us, or others.

    context. tone. intent and motivation.

    "i can't stand those blacks" doesn't mean that "blacks" is a bad word - the intention behind such a statement is what indicates the "badness"

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 19, 2013 3:18:40 PM

  17. as for the video, rock ON Yezak! i wanna make out with you harrrrrdcore.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 19, 2013 3:23:05 PM

  18. Everyone freaks out over the use of a word. LOL. Sticks and stones kids. People really need to stop being overly sensitive. If you are offended by the use of the word "Fag" or "Queer", "Queen", etc., you want to be offended.

    Posted by: Ted | Feb 19, 2013 3:23:22 PM

  19. I'm a fan of Azealia's. A big fan. I think she's really got a special gimmick going for her, rhyming over house beats.

    I think it's silly she's let herself get caught up with messy famewhores like Perez.

    From a wider point of view, I certainly think she's not anti-gay, but that doesn't mean she isn't homophobic. Gay men need to inspect the nature of their many relationships with women; I've known a lot of females, especially straight ones, who basically see us as entertainment or pets. They see your love life as exciting and hilarious, (even if they are just as slutty as you) and don't necessarily even see your marriage as equal to theirs, although they may be supportive of your right to nuptials.

    I feel as though Azealia probably falls into that category: she's spent a lot of time around us, probably even grew up with us (which, based on how heavily she leans on house music, is no surprise) and feels she can be so familiar with us as to use the word Faggot freely.

    This does not, however, absolve us from calling her on her homophobia, and her insecurity as a woman who needs to attack feminine men.

    Posted by: Kevin | Feb 19, 2013 3:25:44 PM

  20. @Francis...

    well, yes, I do agree with the fact that language evolves, I just don't think that we're seeing an evolution of the language in this particular case.

    As we well know, it evolves along all the usual lines and in this case those lines seem to be a function of age and gender (given the speaker) and partly of race/ethnicity.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Feb 19, 2013 3:25:57 PM

  21. Queer has been used in a positive sense for a lot longer than this recent attempt to turn f*g into "just another word". And queer is an all-encompassing word, and it's an identity, and more than gay men identify as queer. It's not just a word. People identify as queer, the same way people identify as gay, bisexual, lesbian. People don't identify as f*ggots. That comparison is so incredibly off-base. And the whole "where was GLAAD when Perez said it" argument is BS because GLAAD made a statement against Perez's comments.

    That whole "how about Perez" "how about Paris" crap is so obviously race-baiting. I hate going there, but that's what it is. Azealia Banks isn't a victim because she's not white. And as far as I can see, Perez and Paris both apologized and both haven't continued to use/justify their former words.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 19, 2013 3:26:50 PM

  22. I know this Banks person only by her offensive speech, not her work, so she has defined herself to me by her hatred and ignorance. And congratulations, Ryan James Yezak, on your creative and compelling response to hate speech.

    Posted by: Richard | Feb 19, 2013 3:29:41 PM

  23. Imagine how you'd feel if Azealia called you a faggot?

    Posted by: David in NYC | Feb 19, 2013 3:30:39 PM

  24. That word is for use by gay men only. Fact.

    Posted by: David in NYC | Feb 19, 2013 3:34:36 PM

  25. Herndon Graddick criticizes Azealia Banks for using the F-word casually even while he demeans LGBT youth by calling them "queer" . . . it would be hella funny if it weren't so damn tragic. GLAAD staffers press their faces against celebrity ass so tightly, they all have brain damage from loss of oxygen! And that must be why they no longer know what defamatory speech is. GLAAD lost its way a long time ago and should be disbanded; it's a disgrace to the memory of Vito Russo.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Feb 19, 2013 3:34:52 PM

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