After antigay rant, Bette Midler reacts to Azealia Banks’ Twitter ban

Bette Midler

Bette Midler AP

Last week, we reported that obnoxious rap artist Azealia Banks went on another one of her rants, taking to Twitter to call One Direction’s Zayn Malik a “faggot,” a “sand nigga,” a “dick rider,” a “punjab,” and a “paki.”

After accusing Malik of leaking her phone number, she wrote: “u were the only paki in the group and you knew you were there for a reason.”

“your mother is a dirty refugee who won’t be granted asylum.”

The series of Tweets wound up getting her fired from a headlining gig at the Rinse I Born & Bred festival in June and she was finally banned from Twitter.

Bette Midler made a good point when reacting to the ban over the weekend:

While it could be interpreted that Midler is coming to Banks’ defense, her point is probably more to do with the fact that Twitter has allowed Trump to rant and rave ad infinitum, often with inflammatory and racist rhetoric. (Banks, it should be noted, is a Trump supporter and plans to vote for him.)

Banks took to Instagram over the weekend to make a formal apology:

Dear World, Now that the immediacy of the infamous incident has worn off, I’ve had some time to decompress & take a more rational assessment of things. I want to extend my sincerest apologies to the world. Employing racial/sexual slurs/stereotypes in attempts to make fun of or degrade another person or group is absolutely unacceptable and is not fair or fun for anyone. Allowing my anger to get the best of me, I’ve managed to insult millions of people without reason. And for that I give my deepest apologies.”

 

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