Azealia Banks’ penchant for Twitter feuds may have landed her a lawsuit. Sarah Palin says she will be suing the performer in a statement released to People.
“I’ve had enough of the unanswered threats and attacks against my family and me. So, for the first time I’m going to enjoy the only retribution some protected ‘celebrities’ seem to understand – I’m suing Azealia Banks and can’t wait to share my winnings with others who have gone defenseless against lies and dangerous attacks far too long.”
Sarah said that Azealia’s “form of racism and hate” was tearing apart the fabric of the country. Palin also asserted because she was a white Republican, the threats were not taken as seriously — part of the reason why she was choosing to sue.
“If a white girl were to say what this black girl is saying, the screams for the entire white population’s head would be louder than the nonsensical rap that [Banks] spews all the way to the bank. The white girl would probably be locked up.”
On Tuesday morning, Sarah snapped back at Azealia’s harsh words for the much-maligned politician. In a Facebook post, Palin showed Banks that she wouldn’t be backing down easily from the harsh jokes on the pugnacious rapper’s Twitter.
“Hey Female Rapper – listen up, little darling. No one has any idea what you’re wigging out about in these bizarre, violent rants against me, but you’re obviously not exercising enough intelligence to acknowledge you’ve been sucked into believing some fake interview in which I supposedly offered comments representing the antithesis of my truth.”
The fake interview that Sarah referred to was an article written by satirical news site Newslo, a domain notorious for fooling people with its outlandish viral stories. From her Twitter rant, it appears that Azealia turned out to be one of the people duped by the faux source, which quoted a non-existent French interview where Palin supposedly said blacks had chosen slavery.
“I’m telling you, I’ve been saying it for years, but nobody’s listening – slavery wasn’t forced onto African-Americans, they accepted it willingly… If they liked it and enjoyed it, how can you pin that on white people?”
Even if those words were truly from Sarah’s mouth, many are saying that Banks crossed a line by essentially making a gang rape joke about Palin. Even Azealia herself has since deleted the Twitter messages, though her subsequent post saying simply, “I can’t” isn’t exactly being construed as an apology.
While Banks did get some tenuous support from fans, the overall majority of the replies on Twitter were angry messages caused by her original messages to Sarah. Even Palin, they said, did not deserve Azealia’s venom — not a great sign for the rapper if she really does end up getting sued.
@AZEALIABANKS you are an embarrassment as a woman, as a black person, as a human, as an American and as an artist
— CKeene (@CaroKeene) April 5, 2016
@AZEALIABANKS pathetic, but I’m sure you feel that every minute. Right?
— American Tweeter (@DoomsDaddy) April 5, 2016
@AZEALIABANKS you need to be arrested for hate crimes and inciting violence.
— Cliff Vincent (@CliffVincent3) April 5, 2016
Sarah’s own criticisms of Azealia’s Twitter statements called for Banks to take into account her public image. Together, Palin said, they could work on fighting misogyny and racism.
“In this life, you’re blessed to have been given an influential platform. So have I. Why don’t we strengthen both our platforms and work together on something worthwhile – like condemning racism, along with empowering young women to defend themselves against a most misogynist, degrading, devastating assault perpetrated by evil men – rape.”
Despite her diplomatic reply, Sarah doesn’t seem to be ready to forgive Azealia’s Twitter slam — even if she doesn’t go through with suing her. Palin said she now plans to root out any of Banks’ music from her daughter’s collection — calling it “anti-woman, pro-rape garbage.”
“Thanks. And now I’ll go through my young daughter’s playlist to make sure there hasn’t been any inadvertent addition of any anti-woman, pro-rape garbage that you seem to endorse, which perpetuates the cultural challenges we face in America. I encourage other parents to do the same.”
Despite the threat to sue Azealia over the Twitter feud, Sarah ended the squabble with the most Palin-esque remark possible.
“God bless you Ms. Banks, as you consider a change of heart.”
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