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Azealia Banks: ‘When I say faggot, I mean it in a feminist way’

Azealia Banks: ‘When I say faggot, I mean it in a feminist way’

Azealia Banks has defended her repeated use of the word ‘faggot’, claiming it comes from a ‘feminist’ point of view.

During an interview with QutQ’s Xorje Olivares on Sirius XM, the bisexual rapper said she would continue to keep using the homophobic slur. 

‘When I use the word "faggot", it comes from a feminist point of view,’ she told the radio host.

‘The word "faggot" came to me from my mother. And it was never a thing about a guy being gay. It was always just a man who hates women. You can be gay or straight. You can be a straight faggot… Faggots are men who want to bring women down, fuck with their heads, control them.’

Banks has drawn fire in the past for branding gay media ‘evil’, calling gossip blogger Perez Hilton an ‘evil faggot’ and dismissing GLAAD as ‘media whores’ who ‘don’t stand for anything real.’

‘I definitely think a lot of the time with the "white gay media" – especially with female artists – in order for you to seem successful or seem feminine you have to desire their approval,’ she said.

‘I feel like a lot of times gay men can be way more misogynistic than even straight men. Even how they come to you picking at your hair, telling you you’re fat, telling you all this other shit. Telling you how to be a woman. What the fuck do you know about being a woman?’

‘You called me a bitch, I’ll call you a faggot,’ she later added. ‘What’s the difference?’

Banks also doesn’t believe she’s being homophobic.

She said: ‘To be homophobic would imply that I’m, like, "I can’t sit next to a gay man cuz Imma catch the gay", but I already caught the gay.

‘I feel like when I use the word "faggot", it comes from, like, a feminist point of view, not a homophobic point of view. It’s really just kinda like you feel attacked as a woman.’