Sunday 30 April 2017

Rapper Azealia Banks apologises unreservedly for racist attack on Zayn Malik

Former One Direction star Zayn Malik. Photo: Rich Fury/Invision/AP
Former One Direction star Zayn Malik. Photo: Rich Fury/Invision/AP

Laura Harding London

Rapper Azealia Banks has apologised for an astonishing racist and homophobic tirade last week against former One Direction star Zayn Malik.

The 24-year-old US musician targeted Malik with a series of insults in a lengthy rant on Twitter and attacked 14-year-old Disney actress Skai Jackson.

The inflammatory remarks prompted a backlash on social media and Banks was suspended from Twitter. The rapper was also dropped from a headline set at a music festival in East London.

After initially refusing to issue a proper apology, Banks has now posted a letter of apology to her Instagram account.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Azealia Banks performs on stage at Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park on July 5, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Azealia Banks performs on stage at Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park on July 5, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

"Dear World," she writes. "Now that the immediacy of the infamous incident has worn off, I've had some time to decompress and take a more rational assessment of things.

"I want to extend my sincerest apologies to the world," she goes on to say. "Employing racial/sexual slurs/stereotypes in attempts to make fun of or degrade another person or group is absolutely unacceptable and is not fair or fun for anyone."

"Allowing my anger to get the best of me, I've managed to insult millions of people without reason. And for that I give my deepest apologies."

Banks attacked Malik in a series of tweets, calling him a "curry scented b***h".

After being told to "simmer down" by Jackson, Banks started to target her too, calling her a "black little b***h" and prompting criticism for advising Skai to have plastic surgery and "grow some hips and start your menses".

Irish Independent

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