Azealia Banks: I Hate Fat White Americans
Azealia Banks appears topless, draped in a couple of cats in a photo shoot for Playboy, but it’s not the images that are causing the biggest stir.
The outspoken rapper fronts the April issue of the famous men’s mag, and true to form she doesn’t hold back in the exclusive interview, revealing that she “hates everything” about her home country, particularly “fat white Americans”.
The 23-year-old hip hop star — who’s been involved in verbal spats with the likes of Iggy Azalea and T.I. — also takes a stab at New Zealand singer Lorde and makes some disturbing revelations about her childhood years.
Last month, Playboy issued a statement describing the shoot by veteran fashion photographer and director Ellen von Unwerth as a “nude pictorial” and a “frisky pictorial that’s sure to break the internet”.
Here’s what she shared in the mag:
On the United States: “I hate everything about this country. Like, I hate fat white Americans. All the people who are crunched into the middle of America, the real fat and meat of America, are these racist conservative white people who live on their farms. Those little teenage girls who work at Kmart and have a racist grandma — that’s really America.”
On Lorde and her Twitter rants: “It’s always about race. Lorde can run her mouth and talk sh*t about all these other b*tches, but y’all aren’t saying she’s angry. If I have something to say, I get pushed into the corner.
“Because y’all motherf*ckers still owe me reparations! That’s why it’s still about race. Really, the generational effects of Jim Crow and poverty linger on. As long as I have my money, I’m getting the f*ck out of here and I’m gonna leave y’all to your own devices.”
On race: “The race thing always comes up, but I want to get there being very black and proud and boisterous about it.
“A lot of times when you’re a black woman and you’re proud, that’s why people don’t like you. In American society, the game is to be a non-threatening black person. That’s why you have Pharrell or Kendrick Lamar saying, ‘How can we expect people to respect us if we don’t respect ourselves?’ He’s playing that non-threatening black man sh*t, and that gets all the white soccer moms going, ‘We love him.’
“Even Kanye West plays a little bit of that game — ‘Please accept me, white world.’ Jay Z hasn’t played any of those games, and that’s what I like.”
On her longest relationship: “Four years. It started when I was 17. He was 43. There’s something very wrong with a man that age who wants to date a 17-year-old girl. I didn’t know how to shave my bush and sh*t like that.
“He became jealous. He choked me and beat me up, and of course you should not be f*cking with a man who puts his hands on you, but I was stupid and young.”
On her childhood: “Most women are scared of me. People have always been scared of me. I punched my teacher in the face one time when I was in preschool. We were playing house, and the lady was like, ‘I’m a monster! I’m gonna eat your family!’ I punched her right in the eye. It was a Head Start program, so I was three.”
Read the rest of Azealia Banks’ revealing interview on Playboy.com.