GLAAD criticises Azealia Banks for homophobic tweet

The Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation group slams the rapper for Perez Hilton comments

GLAAD criticises Azealia Banks for homophobic tweet

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GLAAD has criticised Azealia Banks for her homophobic tweet towards US gossip blogger Perez Hilton.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation group slammed the rapper for calling Hilton a "messy faggot" during an online spat which began when he took the side of Angel Haze during last week's feud between the two up-and-coming rappers, which saw them both savage each other via diss tracks.

The 'BBD' rapper went on to call Hilton "dickbreath" and told him to "gobble a dick". Banks later defended what she said by tweeting: "A faggot is not a homosexual male. A faggot is any male who acts like a female. There's a BIG difference."

However, GLAAD has hit out at Banks' use of the word "faggot" and said it is a term "almost universally used by bullies, often used as part of a larger verbal or physical assault".

In a written statement published on their website, GLAAD said: "Banks’ claim that the word ‘faggot’ doesn't mean a gay male is not true. 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."

It continued: "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. This word hurts those kids, no matter what Banks meant by it."

You can hear Azealia Banks' and Angel Haze's diss tracks – 'On The Edge', 'Shut The Fuck Up' and 'No Problems' – by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking.







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