Azealia Banks Defends Using Homophobic Slur Against Flight Attendant After Facing Backlash
By Alex Ungerman
Azealia Banks is firing back at the outrage.
After the 24-year-old rapper was shown in a heated altercation on a Delta Airlines plane that led to her calling a flight attendant a "fu*king fa**ot" in video obtained by TMZ, Azealia is defending her use of the homophobic slur on Twitter.
"I am bisexual. my brother is trans. My employees are all gay men. Nothing else to say," Azealia tweeted on Tuesday.
In addition, the rapper has been retweeting fans who are supporting her through the controversy.
However, many have been critical of Azealia on Twitter. One fan replied, "You think because you associate with ppl of the LGBT community, that justify this negative things u do. You're the problem."
"@AZEALIABANKS they would've given you your bags if you hadn't acted like a spoiled brat," another fan wrote.
This is not the first time Azealia has found herself in hot water over use of a homophobic term. After the rapper was called out for calling Perez Hilton the slur in early 2013, Azealia defended her use of the word a year later, although she told The Guardian that she wouldn't be using it again.
"A lot of gay men are way more misogynistic than straight men," Azealia said at the time. "The sh*t they say about women behind their backs, it’s like, 'Wow, oh my God!'
"A f***ot is anybody that hates women," Azealia claimed.
One person who doesn't share Azealia's opinion of the slur is British singer Sam Smith, who in August, posted a picture of a homophobic poem written about him, while taking the opportunity to highlight homophobia in society.
"This genuinely doesn't offend me, coz I'm way too thick skinned when it comes to this kind of sh**," he wrote. "BUT I just wanted to share this with everyone, so you can see how homophobia is still SO PRESENT in our society!!"