Rap beef in the age of Twitter can quickly take on a life of its own. It’s hard enough keeping up with the back-and-forth of a typical conflict (like this one). But now that any and everyone can interject with a simple click, the battles can spin out like E-40 ghostridin’ the whip.
Rappers Azealia Banks and Angel Haze were minding their own business, engaged in a rhyme beef when celebrity blogger Perez Hilton added his two cents to the mix. Azealia Banks, who has never met a beef she didn’t like, responded to Hilton calling him a “Messy F*ggot.”
The Internet went Defcon 8 with reactions picking Banks, who is bi-sexual, apart for her use of the slur towards Hilton, who is gay. Banks, however, was not moved.
“My most sincere apologies to anyone who was indirectly offended by my foul language,” she wrote. “Not sorry for Perez tho. Lol. Really not as moved by this f word thing as u all want me to be. A faggot is not a homosexual male. A f*ggot is any male who acts like a female. There’s a BIG difference. As a bisexual person I knew what I meant when I used that word.”
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However the Gay & Lesbian Allians Against Defamation (GLAAD) issued a statement in response to the conflict and they don’t see things quite the same way.
“Banks’ claim that the word “fa**ot” doesn’t mean a gay male is not true,” the organization posted on its website. “Regardless of her intent or her personal definition, what matters is the meaning given to that word by those who hear it, and the damage it causes when they do. Undoubtedly there are gay kids who follow her on Twitter who hear this word in an entirely different context. This word is used almost universally by bullies, often as part of a larger verbal or physical assault. This word hurts those kids, no matter what Banks meant by it.”
In a twist of irony, Perez Hilton got caught dropping the F-Bomb on Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am. following an altercation in 2009. After trying to sue will.i.am for assault the blogger later dropped the charges.
The moral? There is no moral. It’s the internet. Language means nothing because everyone assigns their own meaning to words to fit their agendas. *Kanye Shrug*
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