Azealia Banks is no stranger to getting in trouble with the public over her penchant for controversial statements, but the dynamic hip-hop talent found herself seemingly backed against the wall under the pressure of a gargantuan backlash last week when she found herself in Twitter beefs with former One Direction singer Zayn Malik and 14-year-old Disney actress Skai Jackson. Now, after fervently defending her statements, it looks like Banks has had a change of heart because she’s now apologized for her words.
As previously reported, the three-way controversy began last week when Banks accused Malik of stealing her style and look from her music videos for his latest music video for his single “Like I Would.”
After Malik threw subtle shade back at Banks and claimed she wasn’t worth his “@,” Banks responded with a lengthy series of homophobic and racist tweets, rapper went into shade overdrive and hurled a series of prejudiced and homophobic tweets at Malik.
“@zaynmalik lol u a b—- n—– for even responding like that. Keep sucking this yung rapunxel d— u hairy curry scented b—-,” Banks wrote in one tweet, while in another she wrote, “Token sand n—– pout: “I was the least celebrated in the white boy group because I’m brown.”
It wasn’t long before fans, as well as Jackson, came down hard on Banks for her extreme words and Twitter ended up suspending Banks account. Banks tried to explain her rant on Instagram, saying she was insulted that Malik would steal from her and then disregard her.
“Calling him racial slurs was my way of trying to angrily remind him that he is in fact not one of them, he is one of US. The white privileges he’s so eager to take part in do not apply to him. He’s colored, like me. His people suffer at the helm of white supremacy just like mine do. He has NO RIGHT to treat me as if I’m not ‘worthy’ of anything, because the white privilege he’s reaching for does not apply to him. In the racial-social construct of the pop world he is STILL beneath Justin Bieber,” Banks wrote in a lengthy Instagram post.
Well, now that days have passed since the initial dust-up, Banks has apparently had time to cool down and ponder the messy situation and she recently issued an apology to Malik over her racist comments. However, Banks wasn’t so apologetic about her words toward Jackson. Read what she had to say about them after the cut.