Azealia Banks defends using homophobic slur in Perez Hilton argument

Rapper uses offensive word during Twitter fight with the US gossip blogger

Azealia Banks has defended using a homophobic slur during an online spat with US gossip blogger Perez Hilton.

The argument began after Perez Hilton 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.

This angered Banks who tweeted Hilton:

Banks went on to call Hilton “dickbreath”, told him to “gobble a dick” and added: “omg u should just kill yourself…Like for real.” Hilton then responded with a series of tweets condemning the homophobic language used by the rapper.

He replied: “Some of your music is cute, but your attention-seeking ways are pathetic and hurtful. You drag while others choose to uplift! Wishing death upon someone. Real cute! The only thing I wish dead is your barely-beginning career!”

However, Banks later defended her position and tweeted: “A faggot is not a homosexual male. A faggot is any male who acts like a female. There’s a BIG difference.”

She added: “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. And I meant what I meant when I used that word.”

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.