Azealia Banks Apologizes For Using Homophobic Slur
Azealia Banks has apologized to her fans for continuously using a homophobic slur. Last year, the controversial 212 star defended her use of the word f**got, insisting it came from a “feminist point of view.”
“The word f**got came to me from my mother and it was never a thing about a guy being gay,” she told Sirius XM host Xorje Olivares. “It was always just a man who hates women. You can be gay or straight. You can be a straight f**got. F**gots are men who want to bring women down, f**k with their heads, control them.”
However, the 25-year-old has now had a change of heart, admitting she has hurt too many people and it is no longer worth it to continue using it.
“Honestly… This isn’t a cop out, its just me realizing that words hurt. and while i (sic) 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,” she writes on Facebook.com. “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.”
Banks didn’t reveal a specific reason for her public mea culpa, but went on to explain she no longer wants her words to reflect her in a bad light.
“By using those words i (sic) paint a picture of myself that isn’t the true me,” she continues. “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 cherish the #k**tbrigade SOOO F**KING MUCH, you guys are my rock, I love you guys so much and all i want to do is make you proud.”
This isn’t the first time Banks has apologized for her controversial words. Last month, she took aim at former One Direction star Zayn Malik after he appeared to respond to her comments about the similarities between his new video for Like I would and her Yung Rapunzel promo.
Her controversial and inflammatory posts incurred the wrath of thousands of fans on social media, and prompted Twitter to suspend her from the site. Azealia Banks was also subsequently removed from a headlining set at London’s Born & Bred Festival.
After initially refusing to backtrack on her comments, she later posted a letter of apology on Instagram.