Disgraced Azealia Banks suspended from Twitter, UK festival following racist attack on Zayn Malik

Published May 13th, 2016 - 07:35 GMT
Azealia Banks has had her Twitter account suspended following her vile racist rant against Zayn Malik this week.  (breitbart.com)
Azealia Banks has had her Twitter account suspended following her vile racist rant against Zayn Malik this week. (breitbart.com)

Azealia Banks' Twitter account has been suspended following her racist rant against Zayn Malik.

The 24-year-old rapper can no longer tweet after moderators for the social networking website took her offline in the wake of her vile racist and homophobic rant, which she launched into after accusing Zayn of copying her style in his latest video 'Like I Would', accusing it of being a rip-off of her promo for 'Chasing Time'.

Users who searched for her Twitter handle "BRUJA DEL BLOQUE (@AZEALIABANKS)" got the message "Account Suspended. This account has been suspended. Learn more about why Twitter suspends accounts, or return to your timeline."

There has been no official statement from Twitter on the suspension but the terms of service for the website state: "When an account engages in abusive behaviour ... we may suspend it temporarily or, in some cases, permanently."

Breaches of conduct for the site include "hateful conduct" defined as "promoting violence against or directly attacking or threatening other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability or disease".

Among the most hateful insults she tweeted to 23-year-old Zayn - who was born in Britain to a Pakistani father and English/Irish mother - were to brand him the "token brown boy" in One Direction and the other four members' "pet".

She wrote: "@zaynmalik dude, I make better music than you. Simmer down with that fake white boy rebellion and that wannabe Bieber swag. Lol u a b**tch n***a for even responding like that (sic)."

Azealia then erupted with a string of vile racist comments and took aim at Zayn and his girlfriend, model Gigi Hadid, comparing her to a Disney princess and using a derogatory remark to identify his Asian heritage.

She said: "Keeping sucking this young rapunxel d**k u hairy curry scented b**ch.

"Imma start calling you punjab you dirty b***h. You a d**k rider for real. Ride this d**k until the wheels fall off Punjab (sic)."

And she didn't stop there; attacking his boy band past, the outspoken rapper said Zayn's One Direction bandmates, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, who are all white, used him as a "pet".

She said: "You were the token brown boy. All those white boys in 1D disrespected you and made you their PET. You were only apart of 1D to draw brown attention. You are and ALWAYS will be a TOKEN to the UK.(sic)."

Azealia then retweeted posts Zayn had written including a black and white selfie and wrote alongside it: "I eat sand for breakfast and suck d**k for dinner.(sic)."

As well as being suspended from Twitter, Azealia has also been dropped from UK festival Rinse Born & Bred to be held in London in June.

A statement from the festival said: "We have decided to cancel Azealia Banks' headline appearance at Rinse Born & Bred.

Rinse Born & Bred is a celebration of rave culture and has been created for EVERYONE. We celebrate inclusivity and equality."

Afterwards she blasted the London grime and rap scene, tweeting: "The UK really can't rap though. UK RAP is just a disgrace to rap culture in general. UK rappers NEVER have swag. It's ALWAYS FORCED (sic)."

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