New reports have suggested that US Rapper, Azealia Banks, has been dropped by her record label following a Twitter arugment with blogger, Perez Hilton, during which she called him a “messy faggot”, and suggested that he should “kill himself”.
Website Gossipwelove.com, reports that it received an email claiming that the rap star had parted ways with her record label Interscope. The email reads:
“When approached today about Banks’ debut album plans, the label insider simply stated, Azealia Banks will no longer be releasing her LP under Interscope.”
“Broke with Expensive Taste, was scheduled to be released in February so perhaps this clarifies the lack of promotion and official releases for a debut album that was supposed to drop within weeks.”
The news is unconfirmed, however, and Ms Banks or her label has issued no comment on the matter. She continued to Tweet links to her music, and last night seemed to have apologised for offence caused. She tweeted:
“My most sincere apologies to anyone who was indirectly offended by my foul language. Not sorry for Perez tho. Lo.”
The argument with Perez Hilton began after Hilton posted a criticism of Banks’s feuds with other artists. She then called him “dickbreath” and told him to “gobble a dick”.
Hilton told Banks, who last year said she was bisexual: “Some of your music is cute, but your attention-seeking ways are pathetic and hurtful. You drag while others choose to uplift!”
Banks responded: “Whatever bitch, you tried to sign me to ur little bum ass label in ’11 with them bullsshit ass artists…” She later tweeted: “omg u should just kill yourself… Like for real… lol what a messy faggot you are.”
After followers reacted badly to her posts, Banks responded by claiming: “A faggot is not a homosexual male. A faggot is any male who acts like a female. There’s a BIG difference.”
She later clarified “When I said acts like I female I should’ve said acts like a c*nt.”
GLAAD wrote on its website: “Banks’ claims that the word ‘fa*got’ doesn’t mean a gay male is not true.
“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.”
Scissor Sisters singer, Jake Shears Tweeted the rapper, condemning her use of the word “faggot”. He wrote:
“Oh yeah. “Faggot.” Totally cool. Give me a fucking break… It all about context. And right now I’m sorry, but context is not on your side.”
Banks is signed to Polydor, part of Universal Music Group. Despite her relatively modest profile in the UK, the BBC ranked her third in its ‘Sounds of 2012 Awards’.