Azealia Banks Banned From Twitter After Racist Attack on Zayn Malik
Entertainment| | By Sara Wilkins
Outspoken Azealia Banks’ Twitter account has been suspended following her hate-filled attack on singer Zayn Malik on Wednesday. The rapper took aim at the former One Direction star after he appeared to respond to her comments about the similarities between his new video and her “Yung Rapunzel” promo.
Her angry rant featured ill-advised racist jibes about Malik ‘s Asian roots. She then turned on teenage Disney star Skai Jackson when the 14-year-old urged her to chill out following her attack on Malik. A war of words continued throughout Wednesday, with Banks offering up inappropriate, sex-themed tweets and unprovoked attacks on Jackson’s mom. The tweets were later deleted. Banks was subsequently removed from a headlining set at London’s Born & Bred Festival after organizers stated they would not tolerate her language, and now it looks like the rapper’s Twitter account has been suspended. The rapper found an alternative way of briefly tweeting fans on Thursday, writing: “So @twitter suspended me? I’ll be back you can’t keep a black K**T down.” Meanwhile, Banks’ is being investigated by authorities at the Home Office over her Malik tweets, according to NME. This could lead to a U.K. ban. In a statement issued to NME, a Home Office spokesman said, “Coming to the U.K. is a privilege, and we expect those who come here to respect our shared values. The Home Secretary has the power to exclude an individual if she considers that his or her presence in the U.K. is not conducive to the public good or if their exclusion is justified on public policy grounds.” However, the Home Office representative refused to confirm that Banks is under investigation. Before her Twitter account went dark on Thursday, Banks issued a statement, in which she explained why she insulted Malik. She also stated she believed she was corresponding with Jackson’s mother, not the teenager, during her fiery exchange on Wednesday, but the tweeted statement did not contain an apology in any form.
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