Racist rapper banned from festival
Zayn Malik is victim of bigoted twitter spat
A British music festival has dropped American rapper Azealia Banks, 24, from her headlining slot after she tweeted racist and homophobic messages about former One Direction star, Zayn Malik.
London radio station, Rinse FM, posted that they had decided “to cancel Banks [for her] headline [slot at] their Born & Bred festival in July.
“Rinse Born & Bred is a celebration of rave culture and has been created for everyone. We celebrate inclusivity and equality.”
Azealia Banks began trending worldwide and created a Twitter storm after she said that the Bradford-born singing sensation’s new video was a rip-off of her own work.
Malik then retorted and posted two tweets which Banks believed were about her.
She then used the platform to spread her hate further and sent a string of appalling abuse to Malik on Twitter, saying he was a member of One Direction only “to draw brown attention”; that he was a “curry scented b*tch” and also said: “Imma start calling you punjab you dirty b**ch.”
Banks also posted offensive comments about the UK rap scene, saying that British rappers “never have swag” and British rap music was a “disgrace” to the genre.
The New York based rapper has since deleted her Twitter history.
Banks has issued a statement on Twitter but refused to apologise and said the racist insults were a reminder that both herself and Malik were seen ‘differently’ by the wider music industry.
She said: “I had to remind [Malik] that we’re both in the same boat in this industry and people of colour by reminding him that no matter what you may think of yourself the world still sees you as ‘other’. As they see me.”
On Saturday 14th May, Banks issued an apology on her instagram which said she is sorry for 'managing to insult millions of people without reason.'