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Azealia Banks Attacks Gay Rights Organisations

Feb 18th 2013 | 4:05pm | Scott Fitzsimons
American rapper Azealia Banks has launch an astonishing tirade again gay rights groups offended at the word “faggot” during a heated interview with theMusic.com.au.

Speaking to Callum Twigger, New York City-based Banks, who is playing the Future Music Festival and sideshows, went on the attack over criticism she's endured for using the term “faggot”.

“It's kinda bullshit, I feel it's kinda like hypocritical,” she said. “For some reason this word faggot is still so offensive, it's just strange to see why. There are all kinds of people who are against the N-word in hip hop music, there are all kinds of people who are against hip hop music in general because they see it as a negative influence on African American culture, you know what i mean?

“Why are all these other things like murder and sex and violence and all these other things accepted, but as soon as I call one gay white man a faggot, his feelings are more important… Freedom of speech, you know, and with freedom of speech comes the freedom to be offended, you know?”

She appeared disgusted that the gay community had reacted against her the way they had.

“Fuck being a faggot, fuck being a nigger. Fuck being whatever,” she raged. “There are such bigger problems… and then you've got organisations like GLAAD [Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation], which are fucking complete bullshit.

“I mean let's look at it, it's gay and lesbian alliance against defamation, or whatever…. that's what it stands for, right? I mean would you agree that homosexuals, and the homosexual community, have bigger problems than the word faggot, you know what I mean?"

She added that her sleeping with both men and women is not the business of the media “motherfuckers” and swore that they would not 'tear her down'.

“Some people are Satanists, some people are Christians, some people are Jews, Buddhists, you know what I mean? Some people are still Nazis… there are some people who are still KKK members… Come on people, please. If you're trying to call me a homophobe, you're basically trying to imply that I'm insulting you for having sex with men. I have sex with men too – what the fuck?

“I have sex with men and women, do I have to take a picture of my licking a fucking pussy? What the fuck! It doesn't make any sense. It's so stupid. It's so stupid and it's so evil. And it's just like this stupid fucking media shit, you know what I mean? It's the media shit. And this is why I go about myself the way the way I go about myself, and I do whatever the fuck I want. If the media is going to build me up to tear me down, you motherfuckers are not going to tear me down.

“I just make these fucking raps, and I'm just gonna wear these outfits, and fucking live my life. I can't deal with you motherfuckers, I don't have time for this shit.”

Banks' debut studio album Broke With Expensive Taste is expected to be released in March, coinciding with her sideshows. And by the way the interview ended it appears she ready to focus on the future.

“The fact that we're even having this conversation means that it's gone on too long. It's just like, no. You know what I mean? Let's talk about something else. This is just going to go in circles, you know what I mean? In 212, when I'm talking about licking pussy, and I'm like, outing the fag on 212, come on, let's get over it. I mean end of fucking discussion. Next.”

Tour Dates:

Saturday 2 March - Future Music Festival, Brisbane QLD - Tickets
Sunday 3 March - Future Music Festival, Perth WA - Tickets
Wednesday 6 March - Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW - Tickets
Thursday 7 March - Palace Theatre, Melbourne VIC - Tickets
Saturday 9 March - Future Music Festival, Sydney NSW - Tickets
Sunday 10 March - Future Music Festival, Melbourne VIC - Tickets
Monday 11 March - Future Music Festival, Adelaide SA - Tickets

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