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Azealia Banks Hurls 'Faggot' Slur At 'Harlem Shake' Artist Baauer, Debate Ensues

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Azealia Banks' continued use of the word "faggot" caused controversy once again. Here, she attends the after party for the OHWOW & HTC celebration of the release of 'TERRYWOOD', on December 7, 2012 in Miami. (Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for GQ) | Getty Images

Azealia Banks really loves the word "faggot."

Bisexual, budding rap star Banks hurled "faggot" at "Harlem Shake" artist Baauer and then at celebrity blogger Perez Hilton on Thursday night, according to Billboard.

Pop Dust reports that it all started when Banks took to Twitter to respond to Baauer's presumed blockade of her freestyle remix of his hit, "Harlem Shake." Baauer is believed to have had Banks' video removed from SoundCloud after the rapper promoted her version on Twitter on Thursday.

Brillz, a producer at record label Mad Decent (which also releases Baauer's music), shot back at Banks, who had called Baueer a "pu**y" who doesn't "belong in hip-hop," tweeting, "were too busy making tunes for u to steal tho." To which Banks responded, "you guys are all faggoots.... May you drown in faggotry."

Perez Hilton jumped in the mix and chastised Banks, according to Billboard. "Classy as always! How does it feel to be better known for all your trash-talking than your music, Azealia? #TeamBauuer," he posted. Banks then went on a graphic rant, peppering her insults with "faggot" and other foul language. Nonetheless, she was shocked over the backlash she received.


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Here we go again. Everyone pretending to be so shocked and moved by the word faggot

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It's like society is so bored with itself it needs to hold on to these outdated rules of what you can say and cannot say

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Why has society accepted "nigger" As a colloquialism ... But will not accept "faggot"?

Towleroad notes that Banks then posted a series of tweets attempting to explain how and why she uses "faggot," writing,

Faggot means coward, liar, backstabber...... Energy stealer, blood sucker. Perez tries to get every gay person all riled up when the only faggot I see ........ is him. It's really time for a cultural shift. All these leftover old world social themes we're all still trying to hold on to are BOOORRIIING.

Back in January, Banks and Hilton first went at it after she called him a "messy faggot" during another Twitter feud. At the time, she tried to define the F-word not as "a homosexual male," but as "any male who acts like a female."

GLAAD responded to Banks' use of the word, following the January incident:

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.

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