One Direction fans reached out to Twitter to suspend Azealia Banks after racist rant against Zayn Malik, Twitter obliged.
If you’ve tried to access the rapper’s account today you’ll be greeted with a message saying, “This account has been suspended. Learn more about why Twitter suspends accounts, or return to your timeline.”
On Wednesday, Banks caught herself once again at the center of a Twitter firestorm when she fired off racial insults at ZAYN. At first, she accused him of copying her “Chasing Time” visual for his new video, “Like I Would,” but kept it friendly and called him a “cutie pie.” ZAYN then posted a few tweets that many suspected were aimed towards Banks. From there, things escalated as Banks went in on ZAYN with a series of derogatory tweets. She also went at 14-year-old Disney star, Skai Jackson, when she tweeted about Banks insults.
Banks calling Malik a “curry scented b***h” spawned a hashtag using that phrase. To protest Banks, people of color began sharing selfies with the hashtag.
Twitter users have questions why Twitter allowed Banks to keep her account for so long after breaking so many of their rules. Banks also has a verified account which made matters worse to some users on the social media platform.
— Lewis Bayley (@lewisb93) May 11, 2016
Since Azealia’s suspension, Twitter has popped off with a series of reactions. “Finally @twitter police suspend @AZEALIABANKS from Twitter welldone 😂 😂😂😂”
Banks provided an explanation as to why she said the things she said…
“I said what I said to Zayn because I was angry. He felt as if he was too good to acknowledge me yet not too good to copy my creativity. I had to remind him that we’re both in the same boat in this industry and people of color by reminding him that no matter what you may think of yourself, the world still sees you as “other,” as they see me.”
This might have made sense if she hadn’t been the one employing disgusting slurs in exactly the way that the racists she was supposedly exposing might use them. The first two lines, suggesting she turned to hate speech out of anger and powerlessness, seems like as good an explanation as anyone is going to get for what leads someone to send so many mixed (and horrifying) messages over the years. Twitter has made it easy for her and others to air their ugliest feelings with the ugliest words possible; it hasn’t ever seemed to make those feelings go away. For now it’s doing the next best thing, which is taking her words offline.