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Azealia Banks Defends Use Of “F*ggot” – It’s A “Man Who Hates Women” (LISTEN)

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Azealia Banks defended her use of the word “f*ggot,” slammed what she considers the hypocrisy of the gay community, and denied that she’s homophobic in a characteristically controversial interview on Monday with OutQ, the LGBT-themed Sirius XM channel. The rapper has drawn criticism from gay outlets and observers for her use of the slur, but Banks refused to back down during a chat with Xorje Olivares.

After noting that she has more support among LGBT people of color, Banks declares, “The white gays be trying to f*cking tear me apart, they’re so evil.” She says her mom taught her the meaning of “f*ggot,” which she believes is “a man who hates women.” Banks explains, “I know a lot of straight f*ggots.”

According to Banks, “f*ggots” are men who “want to bring women down,” and she believes using the word is “not even that serious.” The rapper says she used the term to fire back at someone who was “racist and misogynistic” toward her, and that she sees nothing wrong with it.

When Olivares mentions that his gay friends, who hear and enjoy Banks’ music in gay clubs, like her but wonder “at what point she’s going to dial back on the word ‘f*ggot,'” Banks refuses to yield. “I feel like a lot of times, gay men can be way more misogynistic than even straight men, [like] when they come at you picking at your hair, telling you you’re fat, telling you all this other sh*t…. it’s like, what the f*ck do you know about being a woman?”

She agrees with the idea, stated by someone else, that gay whites are stealing from female black culture, and she doesn’t understand why they get to use nasty words about her, while she can’t use hurtful terms about them. “You called me a b*tch, I’ll call you a f*ggot… what’s the difference?” asks Banks, who goes on to decry what she sees as hypocrisy in terms of which groups’ rights are protected: “America cannot pick and choose when it wants to be offended.”

Most important, says Banks, is that she just doesn’t care about what the word means to people. “I don’t care… this is not a real issue,” she explains. Banks calls GLAAD (which began as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) an “antiquated cause.” She declares, “Defamation… who f*cking cares what people are saying about you?”

Is she homophobic? “Absolutely not,” says Banks. “I feel like when I use the word ‘f*ggot,’ it comes from a feminist point of view, not a homophobic point of view.” Listen to what Banks has to say in the audio below, and tell us what you think.

 


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