Azealia Banks' Twitter account suspended after racist Zayn rant

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Rapper Azealia Banks' Twitter Suspended After Racial Tirade


On Thursday (May 12), Azealia Banks' Twitter account was suspended in the wake of Banks' recent racist rant against Zayn Malik and an attack on 14-year-old Disney star Skai Jackson.

Though a spokesperson for Twitter told Billboard "we do not comment on individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons," attempts to load Banks' Twitter page led to a notice that the account had been suspended. The suspension came after she engaged in an hours-long screed against Malik, accusing him of boosting her look in his "Like I Would" video, then escalating her venom to include hateful language and a racist slur that got her kicked off the roster of an upcoming British music festival.

Azealia Banks Goes on Racist Rant Against Zayn, Gets Booted From U.K. Festival

Banks also swept in on Disney's Jessie star Jackson, whom she counseled to "grow some hips an start ur menses." In a string of since-deleted tweets from Wednesday night, Banks, 24, attempted to make amends for her comments, saying she thought it was the child star's mother who was tweeting at her and offering "big apologies to anyone who was offended by any of the things I said. Not sorry I said it. But sorry for the way I made people feel."

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 07: Rapper Azealia Banks performs during the 2014 LA Gay Pride Festival on June 7, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
BYRON BAY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 25: Azealia Banks performs for fans during Splendour in the Grass on July 25, 2015 in Byron Bay, Australia. (Photo by Cassandra Hannagan/Getty Images)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 17: Rapper Azealia Banks performs onstage during day 1 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 2) at The Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2015 in Indio, California. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images for Coachella)
BERMUDA DUNES, CA - APRIL 10: Rapper Azealia Banks and singer Chris Brown attend the NYLON Midnight Garden Party at a private residence on April 10, 2015 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for NYLON)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Singer Azealia Banks attends the Nasty Gal Melrose Store Launch on November 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Nasty Gal)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Azealia Banks performs on stage at Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park on July 5, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
BYRON BAY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 25: Azealia Banks performs for fans during Splendour in the Grass on July 25, 2015 in Byron Bay, Australia. (Photo by Cassandra Hannagan/Getty Images)
American rapper Azealia Banks performs on the Pyramid Stage on the forth day of the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts near Glastonbury, southwest England on June 29, 2013. The sun was out for Britain's world-renowned Glastonbury festival, drying the mud underfoot as tens of thousands waited for the first ever performance here by the Rolling Stones. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW COWIE (Photo credit should read ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Azealia Banks performs on stage at Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park on July 5, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
US-American rapper and singer Azealia Banks performs on stage during the Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark on July 7, 2013. AFP PHOTO / SCANPIX DENMARK / KATRINE EMILIE ANDERSEN +++ DENMARK OUT (Photo credit should read KATRINE EMILIE ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Singer Azealia Banks attends the Ferragamo Celebrates The Launch Of L'Icona Highlighting The 35th Anniversary Of Vara at The McKittrick Hotel, Home of Sleep No More on April 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jennifer Graylock/Getty Images for Ferragamo)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 08: Azealia Banks performs during 2013 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Musician Azealia Banks attends the 2013 NewNowNext Awards at The Fonda Theatre on April 13, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for LOGO)
MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 21: Azealia Banks and Solange Knowles attend the Just Cavalli Spring/Summer 2013 fashion show as part of Milan Womenswear Fashion Week on September 21, 2012 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
READING, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Azealia Banks performs live on the Dance Stage on Day Two during the Reading Festival 2012 at Richfield Avenue on August 25, 2012 in Reading, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Azealia Banks attends the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party at The Serpentine Gallery on June 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 14: Rapper/singer Azealia Banks performs onstage during day 2 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 14, 2012 in Indio, California. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images for Coachella)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 19: Azealia Banks attends the Topshop Unique show during London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012 at the the Topshop Show Space on February 19, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
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In keeping with her pugnacious persona, though, she apologized to "everyone except the targets of my tirades," per the Independent. "Not using my blackness or my NYC persona to excuse anything. I am Azealia Banks and I am who I am."

She may also reportedly face further sanction in England, where the Home Office declined to speak specifically to Banks, but issued a statement to NME that read, "Coming to the U.K. is a privilege, and we expect those who come here to respect our shared values. The Home Secretary has the power to exclude an individual if she considers that his or her presence in the U.K. is not conducive to the public good or if their exclusion is justified on public policy grounds."


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