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Azealia Banks Booted From UK Festival Lineup For Racial Slurs Against Zayn Malik

Shante' Merida

 // May 11, 2016

RONY ALWIN // Interscope Records

Surprised? Didn’t think so.

To say “if it’s not one thing it’s another,” would be far less an understatement at this point. The boisterous and at times lewd rapper Azealia Banks, has ruffled feathers yet again. And this time her target is ex-One Direction member Zayn Malik.

The Harlem rapper has been dropped from a festival in the U.K. after slamming not only Zayn Malik with racial slurs, but British black women. Rinse FM’s Born & Bred Festival, which is scheduled for June 4 and 5, has kicked the rapper out, according to their latest post on Instagram Wednesday morning (May 11).

It all started when Banks noticed some similarities in Zayn’s recently released “Like I Would” video, and compared the visual to her “Chasing Time” video by saying, "Damn Zayn be mood boarding the fuck of out me.. I'm not mad about this though. Zayn is a cutie pie."

Damn Zayn be mood boarding the fuck of out me 😳.. I'm not mad about this though. Zayn is a cutie pie

A photo posted by Azealia Banks (@azealiabanks) on

Zayn eventually responded, saying, "@AZEALIABANKS why you been saying nasty things about me? I wasn't talking about you lol." This clearly didn't sit well with Banks, and just like that, she did what she does best. Twitter feuding.

"U.S.A IS ABOUT TO TEACH YOU WHO NOT TO F--K WITH!!" she tweeted. "When your entire extended family has been obliterated by good ol the U.S of A will you still be trying to act like a white boy pretending to be black? Do you understand that you are a sand n----- who emulates white boys' renditions of black male hood? Do you know how lost and culture less you are?"

Totally unfazed, Zayn candidly responded:

"Dude, I make better music than you. Simmer down with that fake white boy rebellion and that wannabe beiber swag," she tweeted. "Lol u a bitch n--ga for even responding like that. Keep sucking this yung rapunxel d--k u hairy curry scented bitch. Imma start calling you punjab you dirty bitch. You a d--k rider for real for real. Ride this d--k until the wheels fall off Punjab."

Malike fans tried to come to his defense, but instead, he stopped responding. Banks, however, kept going, taking aim at U.K. women next.

"LOL, black girls in the UK make themselves look bad w/o my help," she wrote. "Those teeth? and terrible weaves?!?!? HAHHAHA."

Within hours, the UK-based Rinse FM’s Born & Bred Festival released a statement announcing it had canceled Banks’ June performance.

Following the festival’s proclamation, Banks apologized to ticketholders (as she boldly claimed festival attendees had only bought tickets to see her) and even issued a partial apology for her vulgar tweets.

Previous objects of Banks’ ire have included former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, rapper T.I. & Iggy Azealia, Action Bronson, the LGBT community Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé.

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