In the past, Azealia Banks has been unapologetic for her use of homophobic slurs, making headlines for calling Perez Hilton, “Temples” producer Baauer and even a Delta Airlines flight attendant all “faggots.” This week, however, the rapper declared on Facebook she would no longer use the word, and offered an explanation as to why she used it so freely in the past.
In her note, Banks apologizes to her fans and tells them what a “sweet, kind, caring and generous person” she is, promising that her word-choice doesn’t define her. “By using those words, I paint a picture of myself that isn’t the true me,” Banks said.
Her Facebook post overlooks the damage she’s caused by using such hateful speech and the effect it’s had on the LGBTQ community. Banks was very recently banned from Twitter for directing homophobic, racial slurs towards Zayn Malik, so her apology seems to be a little too timely. Her statement was probably an attempt to save her fledgling career, more so than it was to put forth a sincere apology. Read her entire post, below.