Rinse | Born & Bred Festival has cancelled Azealia Banks’ headline appearance following her racist comments against Zayn Malik on Twitter.
It all started after Zayn Malik dropped his “Like I Would” video. Noticing the single orange contact lens in his eye and a few other similarities to her “Yung Rapunxel” video, Banks took to Instagram and Twitter to talk about it. A collage posted by her was captioned, “Damn Zayn be mood boarding the f*ck of out me 😳.. I’m not mad about this though. Zayn is a cutie pie.”
Malik replied on Twitter saying, “No lies … I see you reaching but I don’t care.” She replied by stating that she made better music. “Dude, I make better music than you. Simmer down with that fake white boy rebellion and that wannabe Bieber swag.” Malik replied with “My @’s too good for you.” That was enough to get Banks to explode and rant.
Independent reveals that the rapper let out a barrage of tweets calling Malik a “curry scented b***h.” She also tweeted “Imma start calling you punjab you dirty b***h,” as one in the litany of other rants.
News.com.au notes that her other racist tweets include “You a d**k rider for real for real. Ride this d**k until the wheels fall off Punjab” and “What isn’t a reach is that a 4 track EP scored higher on metacritic than ur debut album.”
She even posed as Malik and tweeted “trying to make myself known but I’m still known as the token sand n****from 1D.”
Banks also accused Malik of giving her number to his fans. “Lol, Zayn b***h a*s gave my cell number out to his fans 2 hours ago. If that’s not some f****t s**t who knows what is!?”
The explosive tirade was enough to get her dropped from the Rinse FM Born & Bred Festival taking place next month. In a statement posted on Facebook, the organisers said that they decided to cancel Banks’ appearance because the festival was a celebration of rave culture and was created for EVERYONE. The organisers want to celebrate inclusivity and equality.
Azealia Banks has now posted a tweet that perhaps explains her rationale behind her anger.