Azealia Banks started an almighty Twitter ruckus in the past 24 hours. She went to town on everyone and for the life of me, I cannot understand why. Banks kicked things off by calling Zayn Malik all manner of disgusting things as she felt that he had stolen ideas and looks from one of her previous videos. One of her tweets was thus:
“Do you understand that you are a sand nigger who emulates white boys’ renditions of black male hood?”
Sand. Nigger. She actually called him that. I mean… there’s being upset at feeling that someone has (allegedly) taken your style and run with it without giving you a hint of credit, but this was off the scale. To think that this statement came from a woman who freely admitted that she bleaches her skin, so who’s really emulating the so-called white people perception of black man/womanhood?
Some people said that she needs help or an intervention of some kind, but I doubt that will help. Banks is so bull-headed and there is an air of defiance about her taking on what appeared to be the whole world. Malik, Disney star Skai Jackson (who destroyed her in a series of wounding tweets), the entire UK rap/hip hop industry…the list grew bigger as the night wore on. When I woke up this morning, she was still at it and while I couldn’t tear my eyes away from it, I found it depressing.
I loved Banks’ 1991 EP and despite numerous Twitter beefs and public spats, I was rooting for her to come through and let her obvious talent do the talking. Unfortunately, she is not allowing that to happen. Previous rows have not gone down well (T.I, Iggy Azalea, Lily Allen, the Stone Roses) but this one – which Malik, to his credit, barely responded to – could prove to be her downfall.
Anyone who says that what she said was her being honest needs to get their head checked. Calling Malik a ‘curry scented bitch’ and a ‘Paki’ made her sound like a member of the National Front. To call herself a proud Black woman and then make such nasty slurs towards another person from an ethnic minority baffled me. Then, going after a teenage actress who didn’t even @ her on Twitter and then go on to criticise her skin colour (the same skin colour as hers – before bleaching) and tell her to start her menses and get a boob and bum job is beyond words. Any other fourteen-year-old black girl would have taken that to heart, but not Miss Jackson. She clapped back and then some and it was richly deserved.
I’m disturbed at how someone who claims to be ‘pro-Black’ and always talking about how Black women get a raw deal in the music industry and life in general, thought it would be a good idea to make derogatory remarks about the looks of a young Black girl in a public arena. Jamz Supernova, a black British DJ, was also on the receiving end of Banks’ tongue when she dared to tell her about herself. To top it all off, she went on Periscope and ranted about all the above topics without a hint of remorse.
How on earth can she be on the side of black women one minute, then roast us about our features the next? By cussing them, you are cussing yourself because (in case you forgot) you are also black. By bleaching your skin, she’s allowing her insecurities and letting those who judge her win because she changed her appearance to appease them.
How can Banks – who, remember, claims to be ‘pro-black’ – possibly be so when she made such astoundingly insulting comments towards her own people? Some people claimed that she has a mental illness, or said that her troubled background is the reason for her behaviour, but I’m not having that. She was very aware of what she was saying. To say such things to women of the same race (and bear in mind Skai Jackson is merely a child), as well as people from other ethnic minorities, makes her a nasty piece of work. Furthermore, to type those words before posting them online suggests that she must have been thinking lucidly as she did so. So that argument cuts no ice.
As for her saying British rap artists are crap – well, she collaborated and was friends with British MC Shystie for years until they fell out. Banks did the same thing to her, spewing nasty comments about her to anyone who would listen.
The powers-that-be at Twitter headquarters stayed remarkably quiet during her tirade. At what point did they think they should have stepped in? Or did it not cross their mind at all?
Regardless of the fact that Banks has now issued an apology of sorts, let’s be honest – her management should have deleted her Twitter account instead of allowing of deleting those vicious messages.
Banks can spin this any way she likes and whichever way she tried to dilute her tweets and pass them off as showing concern for Skai Jackson and derision for Zayn Malik, she burned her bridges. There won’t be any Drake-like collaborations with British grime and rap artists, that’s for sure.