RAPPER Azealia Banks has caused controversy in the past weeks with comments on social media that have been perceived as homophobic.
In a tweet that has since been deleted, the 24-year-old compared the LGBT community to the Ku Klux Klan:
This followed an outburst on a 1am flight into LA were Banks called a Delta flight attendant a “fucking faggot” after she had trouble edging herself past a French passenger.
Banks, who is openly bisexual, has since said she is not homophobic in a series of subsequent tweets, which also attracted support from other high-profile LGBTI social media users.
I am bisexual. my brother is trans. My employees are all gay men. . Nothing else to say.
— AZEALIABANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) September 22, 2015
An adult got insulted in an argument… That is it. …. I am not homophobic, I AM BISEXUAL and I do not hate gay men.
— AZEALIABANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) September 29, 2015
Dear media: if u insist on making click bait headlines out of @AZEALIABANKS tweets every 2 seconds-Give context. Show what she’s reacting to
— Chris Crocker (@ChrisCrocker) September 29, 2015
Banks has criticised those in the community and the media who have called her out on her continuous use of “faggot”.
You boys gotta toughen up!!! Don’t be so weak !!! If one word can put your entire community in distress you’re DOOMED. LOL
— AZEALIABANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) September 28, 2015