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Azealia Banks says she’ll never use the word ‘faggot’ again

Azealia Banks says she’ll never use the word ‘faggot’ again

Azealia Banks says she's learned that words have the power to hurt

Has Azealia Banks learned a lesson? The controversial rapper and singer has provoked protests and condemnation for her use of the word ‘faggot’ – often directed towards her gay critics.

Last fall, she posted a tweet – since deleted – that ‘LGBT community are like the gay white KKK’s. Get some pink hoods and unicorns and rally down rodeo drive.’

In 2013, she was criticized for calling blogger Perez Hilton a ‘messy faggot‘. She defended herself by saying that she was bisexual herself and therefore allowed to use the word.

More recently, she was thrown off Twitter for a rant against former One Direction singer Zayn Malik, who she referred to as a a ‘dick rider,’ ‘faggot’ and ‘curry scented bitch’.

‘By using those words I paint a picture of myself that isn’t the true me’

She later apologised, but still saw bookings for festival appearances cancelled in the ensuing public backlash.

Today she took to her Facebook page to say that she will never use the word ‘faggot’ again.

Below – in her own words – is what she had to say.

‘Ok, i’m never saying the word F****T ever again. The amount of people that get hurt when i use the word vs. the amount of people i’ve said it to are just not worth it.

‘Honestly… This isn’t a cop out, its just me realizing that words hurt. and while i may be immune to every word and be thicker skinned than most, it doesn’t mean that i get to go around treating people with the same toughness that made my skin so thick.

‘Because, that IS how people get thick skin… by being subjected to name calling/belittlement/abuse and its not fair. Not fair to my fans, not fair to my peers but most importantly, Not fair to myself. By using those words i paint a picture of myself that isn’t the true me.

I paint the picture of my upbringings, my neighborhood, my pain, and my misfortunes… I paint the picture of someone who is used to suppressing things, and being defensive. I paint the picture of someone who cannot allow themselves to be vulnerable or at the very least, Happy…. When i am ALL of those things.

I’m sweet, i’m kind, i’m caring, i’m generous, i love to make people laugh and above all of it, I LOVE ART. I love to please and inspire others with my music and art the most, More than i love anything in the world.

‘To lose out on a chance to make people feel good and smile and be happy would be the dumbest thing i could do in this lifetime. To end this note i want to SINCERELY apologize to my fans for having let so many of you down over the years.

‘I know that you all want nothing else for me but to see me win, and i thank the many of you who saw the beauty in me and have stuck around this far. The ‪#‎Kuntbrigade‬ loves me more than i’ve EVER felt love in my life and it would be so sacrilegious to throw away my blessings that way.

‘when i was a little girl i prayed to god that someone would come along and love me and my wish was granted 100fold. I cherish the #kuntbrigade SOOO FUCKING MUCH, you guys are my rock, I love you guys so much and all i want to do is make you proud.
Love
-AB’

 

The reaction from fans to the Facebook post has been overwhelmingly positive.

‘I’ll always have your back – I’m gay but I was never offended when you used that word,’ said Matthew Sean. ‘I’ve always admired you for keeping it 100% real, but I also admire this post of yours and watching you evolve as a person.’

Another, Anthony Lyons, posted, ‘I’m gay and iv loved you for years. Even when the shit got outta hand several times … I thought you were innovative and original. I love your style and music. I will admit the words of hate were starting to get to me. I hope you stick with this decision cause it’s a beautiful revelation.’

What do you make of her statement?