Rinse.FM’s London festival Born & Bred have removed Azealia Banks from the lineup after the pop star went on a rampage of racial and homophobic tweets, aimed at former One Direction member Zayn Malik, UK grime artists, and seemingly anyone else that dared speak up.
Azealia took offence to Zayn Malik’s new “Like I Would” video which, according to her, has many similarities to her own “Chasing Time” music video. Starting off the tirade with, “Damn Zayn be mood boarding the fuck out of me”.
Banks went on to spend the next few hours shouting about how Malik is “curry scented” and a “p*ki”. Going on to say he was a member “of 1d to draw brown attention”.
A statement from Born & Bred earlier today reads, “We have decided to cancel Azealia Banks’ headline appearance, Rinse Born & Bred festival is a celebration of rave culture and has been created for EVERYONE. We celebrate inclusivity and equality”. Something not entirely unexpected after Banks’ vile outburst.
— Rinse I Born & Bred (@bornandbredLDN) May 11, 2016
Not wanting to stop there though, Banks also decided to start insulting the entire UK rap scene – like she needed to fuel the fire of bad publicity any more. “The UK really can’t rap though. UK RAP is just a disgrace to rap culture in general”, is where Banks went next. “UK rappers NEVER have swag. It’s ALWAYS FORCED”, was one of the tweets that prompted Novelist, P Money, and Flowdan among others to react on Twitter.
This isn’t the first time Banks has been in the news for controversial opinions. Earlier this year she called Beyoncé a “thief” and endorsed Donald Trump for president. She is also facing legal action from Sarah Palin for suggesting that the former political candidate be “gang-banged”. Lovely.
She’s off the lineup – well done Rinse, we say.