Once adhering to the mantra of Madonna’s “Unapologetic Bitch,” Azealia Banks seemed to get her jollies from angering the masses with her notorious Twitter rants, the latest of which centered on, of all people, Zayn Malik, the former member of One Direction who made the mistake of vexing Banks by releasing a video for “Like I Would” that, in her view, borrowed from her own visuals.
While most people might just file a lawsuit or throw subtle shade the way Madonna did to Lady Gaga by calling “Born This Way” “reductive,” Banks saw fit to seethe, “Token sand nigga pout: ‘I was the least celebrated in the white boy group because I’m brown’…’Trying to make myself known but I’m still known as the token sand nigga from 1D’…LOL @ZAYNMALIK IS A FAGGOT.”
Again, Banks’ love of the “F” word comes to play, but now it’s been compounded by the type of racism that would thrive in Trump’s America, a man she has endorsed for her president being that America’s already a piece of shit anyway, so why not let it go to the dogs? To paraphrase. She even had the gall to lash out against the untouchable one, Beyoncé, also on Twitter, regarding Lemonade, though it was met with much less fanfare. And maybe that’s part of Banks’ entire crazy or ingenious shtick: she always knows how to grab attention.
But something must have clicked within her brain (the part that still wants to make some money off of music) after Twitter suspended her account–her primary platform of self-expression and publicity. Because, now, in a move that leads one to believe maybe she was bodysnatched, Banks has decided to apologize–on Instagram. Her sentiment? “I’ve had some time to decompress & take a more rational assessment of things. I want to extend my sincerest apologies to the world. Employing racial/sexual slurs/stereotypes in attempts to make fun of or degrade another person or group is absolutely unacceptable and is not fair or fun for anyone.” Sounds almost spoon-fed. And, dare one say it–highly insincere.