Azealia Banks seems to have confirmed reports that she has been bleaching her skin. The rapper, who is most known for her wild rants on Twitter, posted endless photos on her official Instagram page earlier this week, and to everyone’s surprise, Banks is looking much lighter than usual.
It didn’t take long before fans would slam the 25-year-old, calling her a hypocrite after having spent years of her time trying to stress the message that women of color shouldn’t belittle themselves by trying to be anybody but themselves. Azealia firmly believes that fair-skinned people have better chances of becoming successful in life, particularly in the field of music, and with that in mind, it seems odd for her to heavily contradict herself by going against what she believes in.
Throughout the years, Azealia Banks was very vocal about her true feelings regarding rap rival Iggy Azalea and the rapper’s sudden rise to fame following the release of her 2014 hit song “Fancy.” Banks famously slammed the Australian star, claiming that Iggy was able to make it in the industry because of the fact that she has fairer skin, instantly increasing the chances of Azealia’s success.
— € (@e_Rican) June 14, 2016
Banks, on the other hand, felt as if her skin color was blocking her from achieving her own goals in life — one of them being a successful rapper that would receive some kind of recognition for her rapping skills.
Many would agree when I say that Azealia Banks’ skin color has never been the problem; it’s more so of the fact that she has a terrible attitude, which has lost her features with the likes of Lady Gaga, Pharrell, and Rihanna on their albums.
In 2013, when a fan questioned Gaga on whatever happened to the alleged song she was planning to record with Azealia, the pop star responded without going into detail, saying that the sessions didn’t work out. But she did note that Banks had a bad attitude, which, if you ask me, speaks for itself.
Azealia would respond to the comments by calling Gaga a flop, stressing the singer was nothing more than a Madonna wannabe. And since then, Banks has found herself in numerous feuds over social media, including one with Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, T.I, Rita Ora, A$ap Rocky, Lil’ Kim, and much more.
But for some reason, Azealia has convinced herself that the reason why she hasn’t been accepted by the industry is because of her skin color. And while she has spent years trying to fight for equal rights for women of color, there’s no denying that someone who is bleaching her own skin is heavily contradicting all the things they stood for.
— Bloon Studios (@BloonStudios) December 19, 2014
As for how the rapper confirmed the news — via Instagram, of course. One distressed fan wrote “how can azealia banks ‘exude’ this pro-black lifestyle and mentality but IS BLEACHING HER SKIN,” to which Banks responded by saying, “Because my p—— is still purple.”
Classy, right? Because her private parts are still purple, she has every reason to continue telling African-American women that they should be true to who they are, be proud of the skin that they are in, and that nothing should ever be limited to them. Oh, but wait — this is coming from a woman who has openly admitted to bleaching her own skin, so taking advice from her is like taking the advice of a 4-year-old child.
I have found myself listening to some of Azealia Banks’ music in the past, and there’s no denying that she’s very creative when it comes to rap and what she brings to the table, but the fact that she has gone and bleached her skin has totally made me look at her differently.
— Gossip (@GossipThot) June 14, 2016
I mean, I already looked at her a certain way when she made racist remarks against singer Zayn Malik for allegedly stealing one of her music videos, but again, Azealia will make it seem as if any backlash that comes her way is because she is an African-American woman.
Well, she certainly doesn’t look it anymore. Very sad. But I’m really interested to hear what you make of this whole thing. Is skin bleaching the way to go in order to get some sort of acceptance from people?
If that was the case, we’d all be changing something about ourselves to make people like us, right? Azealia Banks, you have disappointed many of your fans, that’s for sure.
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