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Azealia Banks Responds To GLAAD, Rapper Not Moved By “F-Word” Controversy

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Azealia Banks (Karl Walter/Getty Images)

Azealia Banks (Karl Walter/Getty Images)

Twitter beef veteran and rap newcomer Azealia Banks has taken on three opponents before the weekend was out. After a blistering beef with rapper Angel Haze, GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has jumped in the ring with the outspoken artist over her use of the word “F**got.”

“GLAAD and all these others need to give it a break,” she tweeted, “picking and choosing when to be offended…As if all ‘derogatory” words are not now in 2013, simply just expletives.”

The word surfaced after celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, who has used the word in the past, weighed in on the beef between Haze and Banks.

“What a messy f**got you are,” Banks tweeted at Perez on Friday (January 4), shortly after the two rappers released their respective diss tracks.

When she received some blowback for the slur, Banks attempted to define the word this way:

“A f**got is not a homosexual male,” she tweeted. “A f**got is any male who acts like a female. There’s a BIG difference.”

She went on to point to the lack of outrage over the use of the word “N*****,” that is also heavily used in her music.

“If u listen to my music and are not offended by the word n***a…. We’re not gonna go here with this f**got shit… We’re just not. Lol.”

However, when GLAAD caught wind of the slur, the organization rebuked Banks, who is openly bi-sexual.

“@AzealiaBanks Are you open to hearing from young #LGBT people & fans who have been hurt by slurs & comments like yours?” GLAAD tweeted on Saturday.

Matt Kane, Associate Director of Entertainment Media at GLAAD also outlined the organization’s problem with Banks’ definition and showed several instances where kids were assaulted and called “f**got.”

“Banks’ claim that the word ‘fa**ot’ doesn’t mean a gay male is not true,” Kane wrote. “Regardless of her intent or her personal definition, what matters is the meaning given to that word by those who hear it, and the damage it causes when they do. Undoubtedly there are gay kids who follow her on Twitter who hear this word in an entirely different context. This word is used almost universally by bullies, often as part of a larger verbal or physical assault.”

Banks, not one to back down from a public dispute, offered one concession to her detractors.

“My most sincere apologies to anyone who was indirectly offended by my foul language. Not sorry for Perez tho. Lol,” she tweeted. “Really not as moved by this f word thing as u all want me to be. As a bisexual person I knew what I meant when I used that word.”

The entire spat began with a Twitter beef with Haze that escalated into a studio rap competition. After some Twitter back-and-forth, in which each side blamed the other for inciting the beef, they both dropped diss records that only poured more fuel on the fire.  –Erik. Parker, Radio.com

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