Singer Azealia Banks, who made headlines last month after a feud with Perez Hilton in which she used the word "faggot" repeatedly, has struck up the feud once again, this morning canvassing her 300,000 followers as to their definition of the word.
Said Banks: "Here we go again. Everyone pretending to be so shocked and moved by the word faggot... It's like society is so bored with itself it needs to hold on to these outdated rules of what you can say and cannot say... Why has society accepted "ni**er" As a colloquialism ... But will not accept "faggot"? Everyones always acting like its f**king 1905 in this bitch. What is your definition of the word faggot? Faggot means coward, liar, backstabber...... Energy stealer, blood sucker. Perez tries to get every gay person all riled up when the only faggot I see ........ is him. It's really time for a cultural shift. All these leftover old world social themes we're all still trying to hold on to are BOOORRIIING"
Banks is receiving quite a few responses to her question. The conversation is ongoing...
Last month, singer Jake Shears and GLAAD responded to Banks.
Said GLAAD: "[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," said Matt Kane, the group's Associate Director of Entertainment Media. "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."
Said Shears: "It all about context. And right now, I'm sorry, but context is not on your side."