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Azealia Banks Calls Out Gay Male Misogyny, Defends Her Use of the Word 'Faggot'

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Azealia Banks took to Instagram yesterday to revisit the conversation about her language choices, reaffirming that her supposed homophobia was matched only by gay male misogyny.

Wrote Banks:

"Why is it okay.....For a gay man to colloquially use the word "Bitch" to refer to women, but is it not okay for me to colloquially use the word "Faggot" to refer to myself or an opponent? Do gay men get a special pass to say misogynist things simply because they Like dick? The argument is that countless gay kids hear the word "faggot" before they are beat to death...But do you know how many women hear the word "Bitch" before their husbands beat them to death? Before they are murdered/raped?

Though many of Banks’s fan have lauded her willingness to speak frankly about her thoughts on white rappers, she’s caught a considerable amount of flack for her use of derogatory terms like “faggot” in the past. The bi-sexual rapper famously exchanged words with Perez Hilton in 2013 and drew GLAAD’s attention for called the gossip blogger a "messy faggot" via Twitter.

Banks unapologetically defended her use of the word in an interview with the Guardian back in November in which she reasoned that gay men had no business being indignant at her use of the f-bomb.

“It’s like, y’all sing along to my words when I’m saying ‘nigga’ and ‘cunt’, but as soon as I call this one white man a faggot the whole world exploded,” Banks stated. “ Listen, I didn’t say all gay men are faggots; I said Perez Hilton is a faggot, so don’t try and bring the rest of the gays down with your faggotry.”


Rapper Azealia Banks: 'A Faggot is Anybody That Hates Women' - VIDEO

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In a new interview in The Guardian, rapper and self-described icon Azealia Banks is asked if she regrets any of her explosive Twitter feuds, particularly the one she had with Perez Hilton.

From the profile:

“I don’t regret doing it, but I’ll never do it again, because I don’t care enough about the person to have the battle again and defend my use of the word ‘faggot’,” she says. I thought her defence might be that she was using the word much as American comedian Louis CK employs it, as a general insult for a weak person or ineffectual behaviour. In fact, to Banks, “faggot” is a term of abuse levelled specifically at misogynists, some of whom, in her experience, have been gay.

“A lot of gay men are way more misogynistic than straight men,” she says. “The shit they say about women behind their backs, it’s like: ‘Wow, oh my God!’ You can be a straight faggot, you can be a gay faggot. A faggot is anybody that hates women. It’s like, y’all sing along to my words when I’m saying ‘ni--a’ and ‘c--t’, but as soon as I call this one white man a faggot the whole world exploded. Listen, I didn’t say all gay men are faggots; I said Perez Hilton is a faggot, so don’t try and bring the rest of the gays down with your faggotry.”

Banks released a new album, Broke With Expensive Taste, this week along with a slick new Marc Klasfeld-directed video for the single "Chasing Time".

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Azealia Banks Doesn't Care About the Word 'Faggot': VIDEO

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Azealia Banks doesn't care about the C-word, the F-word, or the N-word she tells Channel [V] host Billy Russell. She also talks about how old people don't get the idea of what a "Twitter personality" is, and she'll gladly take the label of icon but it isn't enough:

"I am kind of like an icon so early in my career but I havent' reached that level of superstardom yet where it's like I'm so visible to everyone. That's the moment I'm waiting for where it's like supreme visibility."

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Azealia Banks and Madonna: Screaming Similarities

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Left, Madonna in the "Bedtime Story" video. Right, Azealia Banks' artwork for her new single. Of course, the similarities end there.


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

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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.

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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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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.”

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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."

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.


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