Azealia Banks called out for ‘disgusting’ and ‘transphobic’ rant on Instagram

Azealia Banks called out for ‘disgusting’ and ‘transphobic’ rant on Instagram
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Controversial rapper Azealia Banks is facing criticism after going on a rant on Instagram.

The ‘212’ singer announced her engagement to the artist Ryder Ripps on Sunday – sharing a picture of her new engagement ring which featured a menorah.

"I said yes!!!" she wrote on the image. In the caption, she told her followers: "I'm Jewish now. MAZEL TOV BI*****!”

Along with a series of congratulating comments on the post, one Banks' fan said that Judaism "doesn't work like that," adding that she would need to convert to Judaism to be considered Jewish, rather than just be married to a Jewish man.

The rapper then went on a tirade in a series of replies, making offensive comments on gender-confirmation surgery and arguing that since society does "mental gymnastics" to accept trans women, Banks should be accepted as Jewish.

"I'm Jewish now... you can't stop me," she added.

Banks continued making numerous comments expressing various harmful stereotypes about transgender people.

Banks was immediately called out for the hurtful and incendiary remarks, so much so that she began trending on Twitter.

Angelica Ross, and actress and trans rights advocate, said, “Transphobia from Azealia Banks. My heart hurts for her too much for me to be bothered by any of the trash that comes out of her mouth.”

Calling the whole situation “disgusting” and “beyond disappointing”, others questioned why she still even had such a large platform.

This is certainly not the first time Banks has faced controversy, as she has had numerous feuds with other celebrities and she has made racist, anti-gay and even anti-Irish comments in the past.

Banks’ fan have made the argument there is a double standard in the industry: if Banks’ peers like Kanye West made similar comments, some say, media coverage would not be as harsh. But it really seems like, as one person put it, it’s time for fans to “let Azealia Banks go”.

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