Azealea Banks Twitter tirade leads to the artist being removed from festival line-up

Azealia Banks has been dropped from the lineup at London festival Born & Bred following a series of offensive comments she made on Twitter.

It all started when Banks appeared to have a problem with Zayn Malik’s latest music video for ‘Like I Would’, suggesting that he had copied some of her style choices. Posting a picture on Instagram of the alleged similarities, Banks said ‘Damn Zayn be mood boarding the fuck out of me.. I’m not mad about this though. Zayn is a cutie pie’.

However,  things then took a nasty turn on Twitter as she proceeded to aim a series of unprintable racial and homophobic slurs towards Malik and anyone who subsequently questioned her tweets. She also criticised the entire UK rap and grime scene, stating that it is a ‘disgrace to rap culture in general‘.

Following all of this unpleasantness overnight, Born & Bred then made an announcement Wednesday morning (11th May) stating that they had pulled Azealia Banks‘ appearance from their festival. They 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.’

Born & Bred takes place at Haggerston Park in London between June-5. Banks was due to headline the Sunday with the lineup including names such as MC Novelist, Lady Leshurr, Wiley and Benga. Interestingly, Grime DJ Logan Sama had previously threatened to boycott the festival if Banks stayed on as headliner.

It’s not the first time Azealia Banks has courted controversy, recently criticising Beyonce’s latest album ‘Lemonade’ and endorsing presidential candidate Donald Trump.

This Azealia Banks article was written by Suzanne Oswald, a GIGsoup contributor. 

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