It took some time, but Azealia Banks figured out bigotry is never a good look. The performer went on Instagram to apologize for her racist, and anti-gay, Twitter broadside against former One Direction singer Zayn Malik.
‘I want to extend my sincerest apologies to the world,’ Banks wrote on 14 May. ‘Implying racial/sexual slurs/stereotypes in attempts to make fun of, or degrade, another person, or group, is absolutely unacceptable and is not fair or fun for anyone.’
The bisexual rapper blamed the entire outburst on her anger.
‘I’ve managed to insult millions of people without reason. And for that I give my deepest apologies,’ she added.
On a 12 May Twitter diatribe, she called Malik a‘faggot’ and a ‘dick rider.’
She also called the fellow performer, who is of English-Pakistani descent, a ‘curry scented bitch’. The rapper also tweeted ‘imma start calling you punjab you dirty bitch.’
One Direction fans called for Banks’ Twitter account to be suspended, which it was. Additionally, she was removed as a headliner from Rinse: Born & Bred, a London rap festival.
In screen grabbed messages from last week, Banks poorly explained why she felt the need for racist insults.
‘I said what I said to Zayn because I was angry. He felt as if he was too good to acknowledge me yet not to (sic) good to copy my creativity. I had to remind him that we were both in the same boat in this industry and people of color.’
Below is a copy of her apology.
h/t: Digital Spy
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