I shot off my last post a bit prematurely. I wanted to say something about Banks’ behavior, but I feel like I ended up saying nothing about it at all.
I want to reiterate that I LOVE Azealia Banks. She is the one who made me realize who I am (the liquorice bitch in case you were wondering), she is a woman who is not ashamed to be dark skinned, foul-mouthed, or brilliant. I aspire to have even half the tenacity and bravery that Azealia has.
I was really disappointed with her behavior on twitter this past week though.
Here’s my take on it. Rap is like McDonalds – a whole lot of beef. And you know what? I’m fine with that. I like rap and I like McDonalds and I delight in the beef present in both arenas. But the thing about rap beef – people will choose sides. Now back in the day, it was pretty much you and your friends in basements arguing about Ja Rule and 50 Cent. Now with Twitter people can voice their opinions to the whole world, and they can tag the people beefing so they know just what they think about….well, everything.
And that’s where Perez comes in. It is Perez Hilton’s job to weigh in on conflicts like this and I think that Azealia Banks crossed a line when she started engaging with him after he voiced his opinion that Angel Haze was better or whatever.
Angel Haze has her fair share of wrong in this interaction, but she is so low on my totem pole that I’m not even really going to deal with her except to say – Angel Haze really let me down when as a woman of color she resorted to skin color discrimination of another woman of color. Not ok. Though, I’m glad she later apologized it doesn’t change the fact that she went there.
My point with all of this is that Perez was doing his job, and if Azealia wanted to say something she should have channeled it into her job, her music. Calling him a f****t is petulant, childish, and uncalled for.
Next time there’s beef Azealia should lay it on a track instead of sending off poorly thought out 140 character e-blasts. Beef is for streets and beats Banks, not tweets.