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Azealia Banks: ‘A faggot is anybody that hates women’

Azealia Banks: ‘A faggot is anybody that hates women’

Azealia Banks has claimed ‘faggot’ is a good way to describe gay people as they are ‘way more misogynistic than straight men’.

The ‘212’ bisexual rapper got in trouble last year after calling gay celebrity blogger Perez Hilton ‘messy faggot’.

But Banks doesn’t regret using the word, saying she thinks the anti-gay slur is an insult for misogynists.

Speaking to The Guardian: ‘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.

‘A lot of gay men are way more misogynistic than straight men. 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".’

The US artist also said she thinks it is ironic she got criticism for using the word ‘faggot’ when people are happy to sing along to her songs that contain the n-word.

‘It’s like, y’all sing along to my words when I’m saying nigga and fuck but as soon as I call this one white man a faggot the whole world exploded,’ she said.

‘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 has clearly changed her mind on the definition of the word since last year, perhaps after Charmed actress Rose McGowan also decided to go on a rant about how ‘gay men are more misogynistic than straight men’.

‘A faggot is not a homosexual male,’ she claimed last year. ‘A faggot is any male who acts like a female. There’s a BIG difference.’

A GLAAD spokesperson said last year: ‘Banks’ claim that the word "faggot" doesn’t mean a gay male is not true.

‘Regardless of her intent or her personal definition, what matters is the meaning given to that word by those who hear it, and the damage it causes when they do.

‘Undoubtedly there are gay kids who follow her on Twitter who hear this word in an entirely different context.

‘This word is used almost universally by bullies, often as part of a larger verbal or physical assault. This word hurts those kids, no matter what Banks meant by it.’