Azealia Banks, Black, woman, rapper, Broke with expensive taste
Azealia Banks, Black, woman, rapper, Broke with expensive taste

Azealia Banks Promises Never To Say “Faggot” Again, But What Happens Next?

It used to be that whenever a celebrity said something homophobic, they had to do this whole walk of atonement. For example, when Tracy Morgan said during a 2011 stand-up comedy routine that he that said he would stab his hypothetical gay son, he then underwent a very lengthy and prolonged apology process which involved holding a press conference with Gays and Lesbians Allied Against Defamation (GLAAD), speaking with homeless LGBT youth and then issuing another public press release apology in which he promised to embrace his fictional gay son. It was weird.

Compare that to 2014 when Superbad actor Jonah Hill told a paparazzo “Suck my dick, faggot” and then went onto The Tonight Show to apologize and that was about it. Both Hill’s and Morgan’s comments threatened different forms of violence, but Hill’s happened in a public setting as a personal interaction whereas Morgan’s happened within the context of a comedy routine. One had a much longer contrition process than the other and one can’t help but wonder whether race played an issue. Perhaps White gays are much quicker to forgive anti-gay Whites than their Black counterparts.

We bring this up because it’s been two years since Hill’s slur and some things have changed. For one, far fewer celebs utter homophobic slurs (although it’s still popular in some athletic circles), probably because more people are more openly LGBT than ever and because celebs don’t wanna deal with all the blowback. When celebs do use slurs, it’s not just the LGBT community that gets up in arms about it; the business community responds because they don’t want to be seen as supporting haters.

Take bisexual rapper Azealia Banks, for instance. She has a history of calling people faggot whenever she goes on a tear. Last September, she hurled the slur at a Delta Airlines flight attendant; she’s also used it against gay blogger Perez Hilton and former One Direction member Zayn Malik and, in response, we’ve alternately suggested that people ignore her and even had one columnist defend her right to say it as a way to counter gay-misogyny. But after her racist and homophobic tirade against Malik, the Born and Bred Festival dropped her appearance stating, “We celebrate inclusivity and equality.”

It’s hardly news that celebs apologize for public slurs because if they don’t, it will hurt their careers, public image and bottom line; period. Today, Azelia Banks apologized and said she will never say the word faggot again (though one wonders if she’ll still call Middle Eastern people “punjab”, “paki” “sand nigger” and “hairy curry scented bitch”).

Here’s her apology and promise in full:

“Ok, i’m never saying the word F****T ever again. The amount of people that get hurt when i use the word vs. the amount of people i’ve said it to are just not worth it. Honestly… This isn’t a cop out, its just me realizing that words hurt. and while i may be immune to every word and be thicker skinned than most, it doesn’t mean that i get to go around treating people with the same toughness that made my skin so thick. Because, that IS how people get thick skin… by being subjected to name calling/belittlement/abuse and its not fair. Not fair to my fans, not fair to my peers but most importantly, Not fair to myself. By using those words i paint a picture of myself that isn’t the true me. I paint the picture of my upbringings, my neighborhood, my pain, and my misfortunes… I paint the picture of someone who is used to suppressing things, and being defensive. I paint the picture of someone who cannot allow themselves to be vulnerable or at the very least, Happy…. When i am ALL of those things. I’m sweet, i’m kind, i’m caring, i’m generous, i love to make people laugh and above all of it, I LOVE ART. I love to please and inspire others with my music and art the most, More than i love anything in the world. To lose out on a chance to make people feel good and smile and be happy would be the dumbest thing i could do in this lifetime. To end this note i want to SINCERELY apologize to my fans for having let so many of you down over the years. I know that you all want nothing else for me but to see me win, and i thank the many of you who saw the beauty in me and have stuck around this far. The‪#‎Kuntbrigade‬ loves me more than i’ve EVER felt love in my life and it would be so sacrilegious to throw away my blessings that way. when i was a little girl i prayed to god that someone would come along and love me and my wish was granted 100fold. I cherish the #kuntbrigade SOOO FUCKING MUCH, you guys are my rock, I love you guys so much and all i want to do is make you proud.”

Love
-AB

In this modern age, Banks’ apology should be enough, but it remains to be seen whether it will be and what, if any, additional steps she’ll have to take until she’s allowed to move on.