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Azealia Banks’ Twitter account suspended after Zayn Malik tweets

Azealia Banks performs for fans during Splendour in

Azealia Banks performs for fans during Splendour in the Grass on July 25, 2015, in Byron Bay, Australia. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Cassandra Hannagan

Twitter has suspended the account of New York rapper Azealia Banks following a series of racist and homophobic tweets directed at singer Zayn Malik.

The suspension came following an exchange beginning Tuesday when Banks, 24, posted an Instagram message suggesting that shots in a Malik music video strongly resembled shots in some of hers.

After Malik posted two tweets possibly alluding to Banks, she responded with a homophobic slur, according to screengrabs on CNN and elsewhere. She later tweeted that he acts “like a white boy pretending to be black.”

Malik tweeted back, “Why you been saying nasty things about me? I wasn’t talking about you lol?” Banks responded with racist tweets attacking, among other things, Malik’s Pakistani heritage. When 14-year-old Disney Channel star Skai Jackson tweeted, “Azealia Banks needs to simmer down a little,” Banks responded with crude remarks.

On Wednesday, Banks offered partial regrets, tweeting, “Big apologies to anyone who was offended by any of the things I said . . . Not apologizing for my words WHATSOEVER, apologizing for the way people feel.”

By Thursday morning, Banks’ Twitter address redirected to “Account suspended.”

A Twitter representative told Time magazine the company could not comment on individual accounts.


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