As previously reported, Banks fired racial insults at Zayn Malik after she perceived that the former One Direction member had copied her work in his new music video. She also turned on 14 year-old Disney star Skai Jackson when she tweeted about the insults. The tweets were later deleted.
Banks was subsequently removed from a headline set at London’s Born & Bred Festival. The event takes place next month (June) with organisers saying they “celebrate inclusivity and equality” and would not tolerate Banks’ language.
Now it looks like Banks’ account has been suspended by Twitter following her comments. This has not been confirmed, however. NME has approached Twitter for a comment.
Meanwhile, Azealia Banks is reportedly being investigated by the Home Office over her Zayn Malik tweets, which could lead to the star been banned from entering the UK.
The Metro now reports that the Home Office is considering Banks’ actions and whether she should be allowed to enter the UK in the future. Pressed by NME for a comment, the Home Office said that it does not comment on individual cases.
In a statement issued to NME, the Home Office has said: “Coming to the UK is a privilege, and we expect those who come here to respect our shared values. The Home Secretary has the power to exclude an individual if she considers that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good or if their exclusion is justified on public policy grounds.”
Overnight Banks issued a statement via Twitter in which she explained why she insulted Malik and added that she believes she was talking to Skai Jackson’s mother, not the teenager herself. She refused to apologise at any point, saying the racists insults she pointed at Malik were a reminder that they are both seen as “other” by the wider music industry.
The incident is the latest in a long line of controversies for Banks. She recently endorsed Donald Trump for US President, describing him as “evil, like America”.
Last year it was reported that rapper Tyler, The Creator is banned from entering the UK for 3-5 years following what it deemed as offensive material in his lyrics.