Azealia Banks has things to say about Doja Cat, Nicki & Dave Chappelle (but not Lana Del Rey)
The famously outspoken Azealia Banks once again held forth on Instagram, this time throwing barbs at Nicki Minaj, Doja Cat and Cardi B. Doja Cat has come under fire after a 2015 song titled with a slur for a victim of police brutality, "Dindu Nuffin," surfaced. In the outrage that followed, Hollywood Unlocked posted footage of her making racist comments on video chats. She's since responded on Instagram, writing:
I've used public chat rooms to socialize since I was a child. I shouldn't have been on some of those chat room sites, but I personally have never been involved in any racist conversations. I'm sorry to everyone that I offended.
I'm a black woman. Half of my family is black from South Africa and I'm very proud of where I come from.
As for the old song that's resurfaced, it was in no way tied to anything outside of my own personal experience. It was written in response to people who often used that term to hurt me. I made an attempt to flip its meaning, but recognize that it was a bad decision to use the term in my music.
I understand my influence and impact and I'm taking this all very seriously. I love you all and I'm sorry for upsetting or hurting any of you. That's not my character, and I'm determined to show that to everybody moving forward. Thank you.
Nicki Minaj remixed Doja Cat's viral TikTok hit "Say So," earlier this month, which recently hit #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, spurring part of Azealia's rant. "Another thing that I find fucking funny, Nicki, is for all the fucking mouth you have for Cardi B for talking shit about black women, now you quiet because you got your little number one with this white bitch," she said. “You a pussy ass bitch for that. You should've got right on that Queen Radio and you put that bitch down in the ground where the fuck she belongs. Now I’m looking back at it, you was just jealous of Cardi. You was just jealous because she's got more swag than you."
Could it be mere coincidence that this is all going down at the same time Lana Del Rey, who Azealia has infamous beef with, brought up Nicki, Doja Cat, and Cardi (as well as Ariana, Camila, and Kehlani) herself in a essay criticizing accusations that she "glamourizes abuse"? Since we last posted about that, Lana has issued a number of updates and clarifications. In comments to her original post that she also shared as an Instagram story, she wrote:
Bro. This is sad to make it about a WOC issue when I’m talking about my favorite singers. I could’ve literally said anyone but I picked my favorite fucking people. And this is the problem with society today, not everything is about whatever you want it to be. It’s exactly the point of my post — there are certain women that culture doesn’t want to have a voice it may not have to do with race I don’t know what it has to do with. I don’t care anymore but don’t ever ever ever ever bro- call me racist because that is bullshit
And my last and final note on everything — when I said people who look like me — I meant the people who don’t look strong or necessarily smart, or like they’re in control etc. it’s about advocating for a more delicate personality, not for white woman — thanks for the Karen comments tho. V helpful.
She also posted another Instagram with the caption, "#fuckoff"
She wasn't done, though, and posted another Instagram about her "controversial post":
A couple of final notes on my “controversial post” that’s not controversial at all. Despite the feedback I’ve heard from several people that I mentioned in a complementary way, whether it be Ariana or Doja Cat — I want to say that I remain firm in my clarity and stance in that what I was writing about was the importance of self advocacy for the more delicate and often dismissed, softer female personality, and that there does have to be room for that type in what will inevitably become a new wave/3rd wave of feminism that is rapidly approaching. Watch!
Perhaps I could’ve given more context to my post by mentioning the title of the second book that would be out next March called behind the iron gates — insights from an institution
I’m sorry that the folks who I can only assume are super trump/pence supporters or hyper liberals or flip-flopping headline grabbing critics can’t read and want to make it a race war, when in fact the issue was with *female critics and *female alternative artists who are dissociated from their own fragility and sexuality and berate more sexually liberated artists like myself and the women I mentioned.
But in truth making it about race says so much more about you than it does about me — you want the drama, you don’t want to believe that a woman could be beautiful, strong, and fragile at the same time, loving and all inclusive by making personal reparations simply for the joy of doing it. Nothing new here in your reaction. Same as ten years ago when a million think pieces came out about me feigning emotional fragility or lying about coming from no money when that was the truth.
My aim and my message are clear. That I have control of my own story. If the women I mention don’t wanna be associated with me that’s absolutely fine by me.
Next, and most recently, Lana shared a six-minute video with even more thoughts on the subject, which you can watch in full below. "Hey, so I don’t wanna beat a dead horse and I don’t wanna go on and on about this post, but I just wanna remind you that in that post, the one and only personal declaration I’ve ever made — thanks for being so warm and welcoming — was about the need for fragility in the feminist movement." She continued:
It’s gonna be important. And when I mentioned women who look like me, I didn’t mean white like me, I meant the kind of women who other people might not believe because they think, “Oh, look at her, she fuckin’ deserves it,” or whatever. There’s a lot of people like that, you know? And I just think it’s sad that the women I mentioned, whether they sing about getting money or whatever, the same stuff that I’ve been singing about, chronicling for 13 years. That’s why I’m in that echelon. Yes, they are my friends and peers and contemporaries. The difference is when I get on the pole people call me a whore, but when twigs gets on the pole it’s art. So, I’m reminded constantly by my friends that lyrically there are layers, complicated psychological factors that play into some of my songwriting.
But I just want to say, the culture’s super sick right now. And the fact that they want to turn my quotes, my advocacy for fragility into a race war? It’s really bad. It’s actually really bad. Especially when in that same declaration I was talking again about the idea of how important it is to make reparations for me to the Navajo community because they touched me so much in my youth, and that I believe in personal reparations because it’s the right thing to do. And I think what’s really sad is as a personal advocate, as a girl’s girl, as somebody who wants the best for every culture — you know, what Marianne Williamson was talking about — reparations to the black community that never got done during the emancipation period. That was why I liked her because I always felt that way.
So I just want to say to all of the other women out there who are like me, good girls, good-intentioned, who get fucked up the ass constantly by the culture just because you say what you really mean, I’m with you and I feel for you and I know that you feel for me. And I’m super strong. You can call me whatever. I’m sorry that I didn’t add one caucasian, 100% caucasian person into the mix of the women that I admire. But you know, it really says more about you than it does about me. And I think that what’s interesting, it’s the very first time that I decided to tell you anything about my life or the fact that I’m writing books that chronicle that fragility, that 200,000 hateful, spiteful comments come in, and my phone number leaked, and — comments like “You fucking white bitch.” It’s the opposite of the spirit of the advocate. It’s what pauses fragility. But it’s not gonna stop me, period.
So I just want to say, nobody gets to tell your story except for you. And if that means it’s kinda messy like this along the way, ‘cause unfortunately when you have a good heart it doesn’t always shine through. And you trudge on anyway. You make those personal reparations to heal your own family karmic lineage and the sickness of this country — domestic abuse, mental health problems is the second epidemic that’s arising out of this pandemic. It’s a real thing. That’s what I was talking about. So, as ever I’m grateful that my muse is still here and that I have, over the last three years, been blessed to have the insight and ability to channel two books’ worth of beautiful poems. And I think my new record Chemtrails Over The Country Club is special as well.
And I’m sorry that a couple of the girls I talked to who are mentioned in that post have a super different opinion of my insight, especially because we’ve been so close for so long, but it really, again, makes you reach into the depth of your own heart and say, “Am I good-intentioned?” And of course for me the answer is always yes. I barely ever share a thing, and this is why. And the reason why I’m making this post — and I know it seems a bit much, right? — but there are women out there like me who have so much to give and don’t quite get to the place spiritually or karmically where they’re supposed to be because there are other women who hate them and try and take them down. Whether in my case it’s certain alternative singers or mal-intented journalists or men who hate women. But I’m not the enemy, and I’m definitely not racist, so don’t get it twisted. Nobody gets to tell your story except for you. And that’s what I’m gonna do in the next couple books. So God bless and yeah, fuck off if you don’t like the post.
Meanwhile, going back to Azealia Banks, she also brought up Dave Chapelle in her Instagram stories, saying, "I have actually fucked a lot of fucking very powerful fucking men. I should ruin your fucking marriage, I should tell the world we fucked. What the fuck I'm keeping secrets from y'all n***as for? Nah, Dave Chappelle can fuck me again. That was some good black dick."