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Opinion: How Much Will Azealia Banks’ Use of the "F-Word" Cost Her?

Azealia Banks’ Twitter spat this weekend with Perez Hilton—who jumped in between an ongoing battle between Azealia and rapper Angel Haze—has turned ugly and may cost the her a whole lot. Over the weekend, the former VIBE cover girl tweeted a homophobic slur against the celebrity blogger during their heated exchange: “lol what a messy f----t you are,” shot Azealia at the openly-gay Hilton and although she tried to subsequently clarify that she used the F-word in a non-threatening manner, stating "A f----t is not a homosexual male. A f----t is any male who acts like a female. There's a BIG difference,” the damage was already done.

Perez and many fans quickly harangued Azealia for promoting hate and intolerance. “When a black person hurls the F word as an insult to a gay man that's not hate speech? But if a white person did the same with the N word?” tweeted Perez, drawing the apt parallel between racism and homophobia. GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) even chimed in and chastised Azealia for using the incendiary term that has often been used in violent acts against the LGBT community. "'Fa**ot' is an ugly, archaic word that was used to stigmatize a population of people who suffer high rates of violence both here in the U.S. and abroad. As far as we’ve come in this society, seeing it used by an artist many young people may look up to is painful, but even more so for those young fans, many of whom GLAAD has heard from," said Matt Kane, Associate Director of Entertainment Media at GLAAD, in an official press release.

The famously foul-mouthed spitter doesn’t seem too remorseful. “Glaad and all these others need to give it a break... Picking and choosing when to be offended..... Pfffft, as fucking if,” she nonchalantly shared. “It's just all so hypocritical. And while I DO feel bad for using the word.... It's kind of weird/ironic to see it all play itself out.”

Azealia has always leveraged her reputation for being brash and fiery to her advantage but this particular tweet may have gone too far. Forget the obvious issue that she is a role model and words, even when used in some bastardized context can hurt and propagate violence. With one blow, the burgeoning rapper has literally ripped off the hand that feeds her. Azealia is beloved by many in the LGBT community, perhaps more so than any other singular fan base, and this may very well alienate fans that she needs to establish her career. Azealia, though she seems ubiquitous, still hasn’t officially put out a studio album and it’s too early to decimate followers that she may not even have. Furthermore, there may be a monetary price to pay as the stunner has garnered cosigns and major checks from several fashion brands (An industry that typically embraces a variety of sexual orientations). What will designers like Alexander Wang or Karl Lagerfeld, who once backed the rapper, say now? Will high-fashion brands want to align themselves with her or do they see her as a liability that cuts into their bottom line? Designer John Galliano’s anti-semitic and racist rhetoric in 2011 got him fired from his post at Dior, so it’s not outrageous that Azealia may be handed a similar fate.

Perhaps the most perplexing part of this whole snafu is the oft-forgotten fact that Azealia herself has publicly classified herself as bisexual. Her lyrics in “212” openly talk about having a same-sex fling (“Now she wanna lick my plum in the evening/And fit that ton-tongue d-deep in/I guess that cunt getting eaten”). In an interview with Rolling Stone last year, the rapper was asked if she felt any special affection for her gay fans. “Definitely. I mean, I'm bisexual, so it makes sense,” she reportedly said. Ignorance is one thing, but to knowingly use a slur against your own minority group is downright unbelievable.

Self-denial? Short-term amnesia? Or maybe simply not giving a fuck? Hip-hop is about keeping it real and right now, it’s hard to tell who the real Azealia Banks is.

These opinions do not necessarily reflect those of VIBE Media

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Cudster’s daughter, Vada, announced the news in an adorable video posted to his Twitter account on Wednesday (July 8).

And now a word from Princess Vada the chosen... pic.twitter.com/xmgIMkUntz

— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) July 8, 2020

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The 36-year-old rapper and actor will also appear in the HBO mini-series, We Are Who We Are. The coming-of-age story centers around two teenagers living on an American military base in Italy.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, NYT writer Rukmini Callimachi and director Yoruba Richen will explore Taylor’s story, including the investigation into her death.

The 26-year-old EMT was shot and killed in March by Louisville Metro Police officers while sleeping in her apartment. LMP Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, officer Myles Cosgrove, and Brett Hankison, have yet to be charged or arrested for killing Taylor. Hankison was fired from the police department last month.

The no-knock warrant that police claim they were executing at the time of the fatal shooting, was a part of a larger gentrification plan, lawyers for Taylor’s family argued in a legal complaint filed last week in connection with an ongoing lawsuit against the officers.

Taylor had no criminal history. According to the legal papers, narcotics investigators were “deliberately misled”  to her home by a police squad. A spokesperson for Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has denied the allegations.

While it’s unclear when Taylor’s story will be featured on The New York Times Presents, the first episode in the series, premieres on Friday (July 10). The episode covers the doctors and nurses working in New York at the height of the COVID-19 outbreak. Episode two, which follows 24-year-old recording artist, Dominic Fike, premieres on Friday, August 7.

 

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Young Thug Blasts Pusha T For Dissing Drake On Leaked Pop Smoke Song

Young Thug isn’t mincing words when it comes to his opinion on Pusha T dissing Drake on a leaked song that was set to appear on Pop Smoke’s posthumous album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon.

After the song, “Paranoia,” surfaced online this past weekend, Thugger made it clear that he didn’t know King Push was going to diss Drake on the track, which features him and Gunna.

“I don’t respect the Pusha T verse on the song with me and Gunna [because] I don’t have [nothing] to do with ya’ll beef nor does Gunna, and if I knew that was about him I would’ve made changes on our behalf..the rapper s**t so gay,” Thugger wrote on his Instagram Story early Tuesday (July 7).

“Don’t feel bad, NOBODY knew what the verse was [about],” Pusha responded in one of multiple posts accusing Drake of snitching to the record label to get the song pulled from Pop Smoke's album. “The label heads that stopped it didn’t even know. They ONLY ASSUME because HE [Drake] TOLD them! The same way HE TOLD [about] the Ross ‘Maybach 6’ verse. And if HE’LL TELL record executives [about] rap verses, God only knows what else HE’LL TELL! I don’t deal in police work, police rappers or police n**gas!!!!"

AYO PUSHA T IS SNAPPINNN ON YOUNG THUG RIGHT NOW 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/3VHgeg9xFp

— King Wow (@wowthatshiphop) July 7, 2020

Thugger went back on Instagram and blasted Pusha for having a “weak” verse.

“First of all your verse is 7 days…that muthafucka’ weak,” he said. “Second of all, you already went crazy the first time...it an’t nothing but a sucka [move]... going on double takes, triple takes, and quadruple takes. You should’ve just got all of it out when you put the first song out.

“You didn’t even have to do all that. You just felt like you wasn’t gonna get enough views on your own s**t so you came and put some bulls**t on a n**gga' who’s resting in peace’s music. Trying to f**k up a n**ga' a whole vibe. Why the f**k you ain’t do that s**t on your own song?” ”

Young Thug responds to Pusha T for Dissing Drake on Pop Smoke Song pic.twitter.com/7KNMbiU535

— Kollege Kidd (@KollegeKidd) July 8, 2020

On “Paranoia,” the Virginia MC goes at Drake for making “empty threats,” and his tendency to rap in different accents.

“You know reality bites, it’s chess, not checkers,” raps Pusha. “Those empty threats only sound good on your records/If the patois is not followed by a Blocka/It’s like Marked for Death Screwface, without the choppa/Let ’em rush the stage when you made like Sinatra/Only to hide the blade flyin’ back through LaGuardia/I might even buy a home out in Mississauga [Canada].”

Pusha previously dissed Drake on 2018’s , “The Story of Adidon,” where he revealed to the world that the Toronto rapper had a son. Drake later admitted that he had a son on the track “Emotionless” off his Scorpion album.

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