By Sarah Brett
Racism and homophobia have been around for a very long time. All we need to do is look at any history book to see that.
Discrimination has always been there, but social media hasn’t.
Social media has allowed people to take their opinions to a whole new level, and dish out discriminatory opinions through Facebook and Twitter. In the last decade, there has been an exponential amount of perceived online discrimination, particularly involving celebrities.
One person in particular who is responsible for dishing out brutal comments is Azealia Banks, who first rose to fame following her breakout hit, ‘212’. After this, she quickly gained a reputation for being somewhat of a bigot, using her fame as a platform to speak out against other celebrities and politicians.
Banks has quite the pattern of going a bit mad on Twitter to anyone who slates, or even criticizes, her music. She once told a fan that she hopes they “get murdered and stuffed under a truck somewhere”, just because the fan told her to keep her comments to herself.
She has started to get more attention from her rants than she does for her music, which speaks volumes about her abilities as an artist. A one hit wonder about performing sexual acts on another woman makes her “insanely f***ing talented”, according to… herself. Never mind how hypocritical this actually is of Banks, seeing as she slates pretty much everyone for being “faggots”.
And although ‘212’ actually stayed in the charts for forty weeks, all of her other release of hers flopped massively.
And why did they flop?
“Racism”, according to her Twitter feed.
Azealia can’t seem to handle the reality of her music failing to shift units, so she blames critics and fans for discriminating against her. It’s not hard to see the massive hypocrisy at play here here.
The most recent victim of her cyber-attacks was former One Direction star Zayn Malik, whom she accused of stealing Bank’s style in is video ‘Like I Would’. What ensued was the most unnecessary and unneeded comments and insults via Twitter. Banks left nothing to the imagination as she called Malik a “hairy curry scented b***h” and “Punjab b***h”.
Disney star Skai Jackson stepped into the Twitter feud and told Banks to chill out, to which the singer responded by saying that the fourteen year old needs to get her “ass and t*ts done” before she can become as famous as her. I repeat; fourteen years old.
Stating your opinion and putting your point across is something I’m all for, but there is a limit. No child that age should be told to change their body image, or that their mum “pimped them out to Disney” and would amount to nothing by the age of twenty one.
This certainly isn’t Banks’ first Twitter meltdown either.
Back in 2010, she couldn’t seem to control her anger either when she took a satirical article seriously and went on to attack politician Sarah Palin, who had reportedly said that “negroes liked being slaves”.
It came out immediately that Palin never said anything of the sort, and the singer soon apologised, but not before tweeting that she hopes the politician gets “gang raped by black men” and the video is posted online.
The fact that she’s been allowed get away with this for years baffles me. Surely someone should of stepped in by now? Following her latest stunt, the world finally took some action towards the singer, with Twitter suspending her account and the UK music festival ‘Born & Bred’ cancelling her appearance this summer. Banks has since come out and apologised for her recent behaviour.
At the minute, Twitter and Facebook- amongst other sites- have an anti-discrimination policy that allows users to report each other if deemed inappropriate. This is surprisingly the first time Bank’s account was suspended for her comments.
The lack of monitoring on social media sites leads to people like Azealia offending millions of people. I believe in free speech, but when you begin to attack a child or a person with differences they can’t control, you need to re-evaluate your life. People like Azealia have totally exploited their fame to speaking out as racists and homophobes. Do they think acting like this is okay just because they’re famous?
If anyone had any sense, they would press charges against Banks. Let’s hope that the big guys at Twitter see the light and decide to keep her account suspended and we never hear of her again.
Well, until her next single flops just as hard as her last.