Rapper Azealia Banks created a buzz on Twitter, yet again, by reigniting her war of words with celebrity blogger Perez Hilton. Banks called both Hilton and musician Baauer “faggots” and is exchanging nasty words in defense of her use of the gay slur on her Twitter page.
Banks made headlines in January for calling Hilton a “messy faggot,” and last night, she took a jab at Baauer for trying to block her rendition of his hit “Harlem Shake.”
After receiving some negative feedback about her remix, she told Baauer that he “doesn’t belong in hip hop” and “You guys are all fagots… May you drown in faggotry”
Hilton quickly shot back a response “Classy as always! How does it feel to be better known for all your trash-talking than your music, Azealia?”
This started a back and forth between the two, and this morning, Banks took to her Twitter to once again elaborate on her definition of the word “faggot.” In January, she said, “A faggot is not a homosexual male. A faggot is any male who acts like a female. There’s a BIG difference.”
This time, Banks defines the derogatory term on twitter as a, “Faggot means coward, liar, backstabber, energy stealer, blood sucker.” She later asked the twitterverse, “Why has society accepted ‘nigger’ as a colloquialism … But will not accept ‘faggot’?”
After the last row between the Hilton and Banks, the 21-year-old apologized to her audience, saying, “My most sincere apologies to anyone who was indirectly offended by my foul language. Not sorry for Perez tho. Lol.” An apology this time around has yet to be forthcoming.
Banks came out as bisexual to the New York Times last February, but told them that she was “not trying to be, like, the bisexual, lesbian rapper. I don’t live on other people’s terms.”
Hilton’s sharp tongue has gotten him into feuds with other celebrities, like Back Eyed Peas front man will.i.am, who after a physical altercation with the 34 year old blogger also called him a “faggot” back in 2009.
GLAAD responded to the argument this morning and tweeted Banks “@AZEALIABANKS Maybe some of these #LGBT young people can tell you the definition of “f*ggot” followed by a blog featuring responses from gay youth on their reaction to her use of the word and what it means to them.
The 21 year old is still working on her debut album “Broke with Expensive Taste,” which has no release date set.