Azealia Banks Goes on Racist Rant Against Zayn, Gets Booted From U.K. Festival

Azealia Banks Reading Festival 2013
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Azealia Banks performs on stage on Day 3 of Reading Festival 2013 at Richfield Avenue on Aug. 25, 2013 in Reading, England. 

Azealia Banks has been dropped as a headliner of the Born & Bred Festival in London after she went on a racist Twitter tirade against Zayn Malik on Tuesday (May 10) night. "We have decided to cancel Azealia Banks' headline appearance at Rinse | Born & Bred Festival," read a statement from the organizers. "We celebrate inclusivity and equality."

The move came after Banks went on an hours-long rant against Malik's new "Like I Would" video, which was released on Tuesday, which she claims is similar to some of her previous videos and outfits. She started out playfully, tweeting, "Damn Zayn be mood boarding the f--- out of me... I'm not mad about this though. Zayn is a cutie pie." The trolling expanded to include the Capital Breakfast show in London, who Banks railed at for tweeting at her that they were playing Malik's music, piling on a tasteless joke about refugees at Zayn's expense.

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Things quickly escalated after Banks claimed some of Malik's fans used a racial epithet against her. The rapper began taunting Malik, calling him a "sand n-----" and a "f-----," claiming that Malik gave out her personal cell number to his fans and posting a since-deleted Periscope with a racist title. The offensive back-and-forth between Banks and Malik supporters went on for hours before Malik weighed in, wondering what it was all about.

"@AZEALIABANKS why you been saying nasty things about me? I wasn't talking about you lol?" he wrote.



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Once he weighed in, Banks took the opportunity to hit him harder, responding, "do you understand that you are a sand n----- who emulates white boys' rendition of black male hood?" 

The insults expanded to encompass British rappers, including boasts about her headlining slot at the festival, which she was slated to play on June 5. "Which is why a U.S. rapper has been asked to headline ur grimey grime festival?" she wrote when someone threatened to toss urine on her during her set. "Haha, enjoy the rain!"

When the festival announced she had been removed from its lineup, Banks made light of it.



At press time a representative for Banks could not be reached for comment on her latest social media outburst; a spokesperson for Malik told Billboard his camp had no comment at press time.