Harlem singer Azealia Banks is slamming GLAAD after the organization questioned her use of a homophobic slur during a Twitter fight with Perez Hilton. Banks referred to the celebrity blogger as a “f*****” prompting this response from GLAAD.
“‘F—-t’ is an ugly, archaic word that was used to stigmatize a population of people who suffer high rates of violence both here in the U.S. and abroad.
As far as we’ve come in this society, seeing it used by an artist many young people may look up to is painful, but even more so for those young fans, many of whom GLAAD has heard from,” Matt Kane, Associate Director of Entertainment Media at GLAAD, said in an official press release.
Azealia Banks didn’t take the organization’s criticism right, writing on Twitter:
“GLAAD and all these others need to give it a break … picking and choosing when to be offended … Pfffft, as f*cking if,” she wrote on Monday morning. “As if all ‘derogatory’ words are not now, in 2013, simply just expletives … These words get used in movies, books, songs, films,” she continued.
During her Twitter spat, Azealia said to Perez, “What a messy f*****you are,”then tried to cleanup the remark, adding, “A f***** is not a homosexual male. A f***** is any male who acts like a female. There’s a BIG difference.”