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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. Damn, I miss the Seventies when they played real music on the radio.

    Posted by: Michael | Feb 19, 2013 3:38:42 PM

  2. I don't think there has been any evolution about the word "f*g", and I don't believe reasonable people would argue that it isn't an emotionally charged term that should be avoided.

    In music, although less so now that twenty years ago, it's just there, but that doesn't mean I have to take it. On several occasions I have calmly stated to managers (at a gym and at restaurants) that if I'm spending money at their establishment I shouldn't have to deal with being insulted over the loudspeakers. Every single time that has happened, those in charge of the business recognized that I was not being unreasonable- because they could see themselves, regardless of their orientation, that the term is a hurtful one.
    I don't know this girl's music, but thanks to the publicity over this, I will do what managers of celebrities must consider the worst punishment of all: I will ignore her.
    And, of course, be grateful that GLAAD is there to call her out on this.

    Posted by: Clifford | Feb 19, 2013 3:45:16 PM

  3. You're right, Kev, words do evolve. But they also, generally, do retain their former history in some way. The history of f*ggot doesn't wash away even as the word is being used in different contexts by some in society. Of course I'm sure you know that but some here don't seem to get it. There's a reason words like the n-word (and not the "slang" version) or calling a woman a b*tch are still very much no-go zones. F*ggot is the same way. At least it should be. The word has a long history of violence and hate and is still incredibly often used in a hateful manner. That can't be ignored although some want it to be.

    The only reason why it isn't is because people have been socially conditioned to accept homophobia, and can't see permissive homophobia for what it is.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 19, 2013 3:47:00 PM

  4. a lot of LGBT Youth proudly identify as Queer, "Stuffy"...

    you'll know them by their proud and defiant refusal to slink away in the darkness.

    look at what a pathetic excuse for a man you are - how has hating the word "queer" in any way helped or empowered you?

    congrats - you hate Queer and yet still can't put a face to yourself on your blog.


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 19, 2013 3:48:36 PM

  5. I haven't heard a single defense of the word "f*ggot" that couldn't be made about "n*gger". Not One! Some Black people use it like some gay people use f****. Some would argue that the word doesn't mean the same as it used to. It's "evolved"! People use the n-word who aren't, or at least claim not to be, racists. Etc, etc, etc...

    I find both words to be ignorant and offensive and I find it disgusting that so many people are arguing otherwise; PARTICULARLY those who would argue differently about the n-word.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Feb 19, 2013 4:50:13 PM

  6. Is this a black on gay hate remark or is it giving bisexuals a bad name in the LGBT community? It looks like something NOM would want a black person to do, NOM is the National Organization for Marriage and they are using blacks and Hispanics to make trouble for LGBT people.

    Posted by: Noh8 | Feb 19, 2013 4:53:00 PM

  7. The n-word lost its racial denotations among many white people decades ago. The negative stereotypes of black people, embodied in the word, became abstracted, but there always remained a racial undertone. That's what's happened with the f-word and, if history is any guide, it will eventually become very taboo among civilized straight people.

    Take a look at Senator Robert Byrd's "white n-word" gaffe and at Chris Brown's routine on difference between "n-words" and black people.

    Posted by: Kyle | Feb 19, 2013 4:58:25 PM

  8. I meant Chris Rock's routine.

    Posted by: Kyle | Feb 19, 2013 5:00:20 PM

  9. Gays use this word all the time....Lets talk about the racism in the community instead.....

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Feb 19, 2013 5:13:10 PM

  10. "Take a look at Senator Robert Byrd's "white n-word" gaffe"

    I don't recall that incident, KYLE. Who was the old Bird referring to? Bill Clinton or Elvis? Neither one could really dance.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 19, 2013 5:38:36 PM

  11. the issue is not, nor has it ever been, nor will it ever be, "that gay people use this word" - it's not the word, it's the intent and motivation behind the usage.

    yes, it's wholly similar to the reclamation of the N-word.

    and just because a gay person is using it doesn't mean they're not using it with malicious intent, or in a form that shows their own learned internalized-homophobia.

    as a complete f***ing idiot once memorably said to me on Grindr - "Fags to me are homos who can't shut up about being gay"

    well, isn't that special...

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 19, 2013 6:16:59 PM

  12. I think there are many people getting it twisted- she is clearly using f*gg*t as a pejorative since she's in a twitter fight. I think the real issue here is that Azealia is immature for the name calling and the twitter fighting and it's really unfortunate that a queer artist has to be so daft and stubborn about all of this. Yes, there are bigger fish to fry, so please quit distracting with the drama.

    Also, just because you personally do not know who someone is does not mean they are talentless or do not have a career in some kind of entertainment.

    Posted by: MaddM@ | Feb 19, 2013 6:35:05 PM

  13. maddm@ ftw

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 19, 2013 6:43:10 PM

  14. WOW! That was really good. Thank you Ryan James Yezak.

    Posted by: Bobby | Feb 19, 2013 7:54:19 PM

  15. Yes, gay MEN can use the word F@ggot in a similar way that blacks can use the N-word. Ms. Banks is NOT A GAY MAN. She doesn't get a pass to use the word whether it is pejorative or not. You only get to use the slur if you are part of the group that the slur is used against. F@ggot is a slur used against gay MEN, not bisexual women. She needs to STFU.

    Posted by: anonymous | Feb 19, 2013 8:25:44 PM

  16. Why does she act so surprised? Using an emotionally charged word where people are likely to hear it is going to get attention. What did she expect? Duh.

    Posted by: mark | Feb 20, 2013 2:20:00 AM

  17. I love the word n*gger. I never use it but its hilarious to watch blacks get all uppity and animated when someone non-black uses it. Great entertainment. :)

    Posted by: Secrets81 | Feb 20, 2013 3:52:49 AM

  18. Wish Yezakr's videos weren't so masturbatory. Is the message about the word Azealia used or is it all about showing yourself off?

    Posted by: jawole | Feb 20, 2013 9:28:53 AM

  19. Azailia Banks is just like Perez Hilton. She's an attention whore who will do anything to get her name out there. We should flush both these people.

    Posted by: db | Feb 20, 2013 12:38:18 PM

  20. Plain and simple...Azealia is an ignorant. She's surely no star, not even famous. Her music if you can call it that, is nothing and she is nobody. The end.

    Posted by: JT | Mar 5, 2013 8:28:13 AM

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