London Fest Drops Azealia Banks For Racist Comments About Zayn

This should come as a surprise to nobody reading this, but Azealia Banks is, as ever, a very talented performer who cannot get out of her own way and who constantly trolls the world by saying outrageous shit. Yesterday, as NME points out, she basically freaked out on Twitter in the direction of Zayn Malik, the British pop star and former One Direction member. Things started off innocently enough, when Banks, in a fairly good-natured way, accused Malik of ripping off her whole aesthetic.

Damn Zayn be mood boarding the fuck of out me 😳.. I'm not mad about this though. Zayn is a cutie pie

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Shortly afterward, Malik tweeted a couple of things that Banks took as an attack:

Banks responded to that with an absolute Twitter freakout that included a whole ton of racist slurs directed at Malik, who is Pakistani. Here’s a small sampling:

This went on for a very, very long time, and it’s honestly still going on. She’s snapping back and forth with fans about it as we speak. Meanwhile, Malik has said that he wasn’t even talking about her.

Banks was scheduled to headline one day of London institution Rinse.FM’s forthcoming Born & Bred festival, which has a lineup heavy on grime, dance, and rap. And after she bugged out like that, as NME points out, the festival dropped her from its lineup in a Twitter statement.

Banks, still mad, is currently on Twitter insisting that UK rap is not real rap:

It’s a real testament to Banks’ abilities that she still has a career after years of pulling shit like this. (She’s also endorsed Trump for president, because of course she has.)