Why Did Azalea Banks Get Kicked Off Twitter? Her Zayn Attack Was Only One Thing

Until today, I didn’t know getting kicked off of Twitter was a thing that could happen. But, if anyone was a candidate for this inglorious honor – aside from the hordes of faceless Twitter eggs who traffic in hate speech and sexua harassment – it would have to be Azaelia Banks. In the three years that Azealia Banks has been on Twitter, people have been encouraging her to stop being on Twitter. Finally, following the racist and homophobic Tweets directed at Zayn Malik, Twitter has suspended Azealia Banks’ Twitter account indefinitely.

This is a good call for a lot of reasons. For one thing, it’ll actually be beneficial to Banks’ career. London’s Born & Bred music festival dropped Banks from their lineup this week following the feud between her and Zayn that escalated to a unnecessarily inappropriate degree.

So what exactly happened? Well, the beef started innocently enough.  On Tuesday, Banks called out Zayn on Instagram for copying her style in his music video for “Like I Would.”

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Here was Zayn’s response to this:


Yup, that’s it. Harmless enough. Since the Tweets that followed are no longer onlineVulture provided a tidy recap of the bullying from Banks that ensued.

“That’s all it took to set Banks off on a terribly bigoted rant against Zayn, in which she referred to the former One Directioner (who is half-Pakistani and also a Muslim) with multiple apparent slurs, including “Punjabi,” “sand nigga,” “house nigger,” “faggot,” and, well, you get the idea.”

But wait, there’s more. According to Vulture, Banks also went in on 14-year-old Disney star Skai Jackson after Jackson publicly called her out for not having any class. Even if you’ve never seen her on Disney while at a babysitting gig, you’ve probably seen the meme queen come up on your feed. Here’s an example of her best work:


Not only is her meme game on point, but she can throw some serious shade Banks’ way, but be classy about it.


She’s not wrong. This simple suggestion lead Banks into another one of her signature spirals of insults.

“Briefly, Banks put her beef with Zayn on hold to start one with Jackson, of course. She responded by calling Skai “a little black girl who’s going to be kicked off the disney conveyer belt” and a “little thot in training,” and accused Skai’s mother of pimping her daughter out, among other vile things.”

In an attempt to defend Banks, blogger Zizzi Foster-Blue  penned a defense for the bully titled “Dance To The Big Big Beat, Dance To The Big Big Beat (Why I’m Not Giving Up On Azealia Banks).”

Here are the leaked screenshots of the DM convo that occurred between Foster and Banks where Banks insists that she was simply reminding Zayn “that were both in the same boat in this industry and people of color” and insists on giving Jackson’s mom parenting advice.


I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted by the whole damn thing. Thankfully, so is Twitter and so they gave her the boot. She did indeed break one of their rules,

“”You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease. We also do not allow accounts whose primary purpose is inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories.”

To whoever is in charge of determining these suspensions, if you’re reading this, I have a list of people that you should consider. Those included on this list range from Kanye, to all of the many men who have Tweeted about periods being gross un-ironically.