The online battle between Azealia Banks and Sarah Palin has entered its third day, with Banks responding to Palin’s threat to sue her with another Tumblr rant.
It all started yesterday, after a series of now-deleted tweets in which Banks attacked the former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The “212” emcee then issued an apology to Palin on her Tumblr page.
“I hope this message reaches you in good spirits and in good health,” Banks wrote. “I want to start off this letter by telling you that I actually, really like you. While many other American people may see you as someone to be ridiculed, I truly believe that you possess a certain ‘je na sais quoi,’ (a french term which is often interpreted to denote one’s inexplicable charisma.)”
Banks went on to applaud the politician for her passion and fervor for speaking her mind. She then quoted a passage of a fake interview with Palin about slavery which set off her original rant and explained she did not realize the piece was satire.
Prior to Banks’ apology, Palin posted her own message on Facebook, writing, “Hey Female Rapper - listen up, little darling. No one has any idea what you're wigging out about in these bizarre, violent rants against me, but you're obviously not exercising enough intelligence to acknowledge you've been sucked into believing some fake interview in which I supposedly offered comments representing the antithesis of my truth.”
In her open letter, Banks acknowledged Palin’s message, adding, “’Hey Female Rapper,’ was your way to euphemize what you REALLY wanted to say. What you wanted to say was, ‘Hey little Stereotypical Black, Thing!’”
In response, it seems that Palin did not accept Banks’ apology, telling People magazine that she intends to sue the musician “on behalf of all reasonable women of every age, race and political leaning.” ET has reached out to Palin for comment.
Palin’s legal threat prompted another message from Banks on Wednesday in which she essentially retracted her previous apology. Tweeting, “F**k Sarah Palin,” Banks went on to share another Tumblr post denouncing the politician, writing about on-going racism in America.