It all started when the human controversy magnet accused the boyband alumnus of “mood boarding the fuck” out of her via a surprisingly-chill-for-Azaelia-Banks Instagram post, in which she added “I’m not mad about this though. Zayn is a cutie pie.”
However, after Zayn posted a pair of seemingly dismissive tweets…
My @'s too good for you
— zayn (@zaynmalik) May 10, 2016
…which Banks took as a slight on her – it was on for young and old.
The rapper fired a round of racist, homophobic shade bullets at the pop star, who has Pakistani heritage, in a series of since-deleted tweets telling him to “Simmer down with that fake white boy rebellion and that wannabe beiber swag” and adding: “you a bitch nigga for even responding like that. Keep sucking this yung rapunxel dick u hairy curry scented bitch” (via Pitchfork).
But she didn’t stop there: “imma start calling you punjab you dirty bitch,” she continued. “You a dick rider for real for real. Ride this dick until the wheels fall off Punjab.”
She then proceeded to top it off with an accusation of tokenism against Zayn’s former band, One Direction: “u were the only paki in the group and you knew you were there for a reason… you were the the token brown boy. All those white boys in 1D disrespected you and made you their PET.”
And she even insulted his mother for good measure, calling her a “dirty refugee”.
After a clearly shocked Zayn responded, saying that his tweets were never directed at her in the first place, Banks’ racial mud-slinging continued:
@AZEALIABANKS why you been saying nasty things about me ? I wasn't talking about you lol ?
— zayn (@zaynmalik) May 11, 2016
“Do you understand that you are a sand nigger who emulates white boys’ renditions of black male hood?” was her response.
Appalled by the whole thing, Born & Bred festival promoters Rinse FM issued their own Twitter statement, saying: “We have decided to cancel Azealia Banks’ headline appearance at Rinse Born & Bred. Rinse Born & Bred is a celebration of rave culture and has been created for EVERYONE. We celebrate inclusivity and equality.”
The turfed Banks has since issued an apology to everyone she *might* have offended with her comments (“except the targets of [her] tirades”) adding: “”I am Azealia Banks and I am who I am”.
Is it just us, or does she seem to be becoming the music industry’s answer to Donald Trump (except somehow less likeable?)
Banks is due in court this week for allegedly biting a bouncer on the tit (no, really) and reckons she’ll have a “special surprise for the paparazzi”.
Catch screenshots of her inexcusably vile tweets below thanks to Capital Xtra.
— Born & Bred (@bornandbredLDN) May 11, 2016