You know those friends on Facebook who are always posting articles from The Onion, freaking out because they think it’s real news? Azealia Banks has turned into that person — and it has gotten her into a huge political catfight.
The trouble started when Banks read a satirical article in which Palin was fake-quoted as saying, “… slavery wasn’t forced onto African-Americans, they accepted it willingly.”
And her response was nothing less than shockingly violent and ugly.
In a series of tweets that have since been deleted, Banks wrote, “Sarah Palin needs to have her hair shaved off to a buzz cut, get headf***ed by a big veiny, ashy, black dick then be locked in a cupboard.
“Honestly… let’s find the biggest burliest blackest n*****s and let them run a train on her. Film it and put it on worldstar (sic).”
“Hideous. At least suk a n**** d*** or summ’ before you start talking shit about ‘black people willingly accepting slavery.’ Least she can do (sic).”
In the first, and probably last, time I have ever and will ever agree with Palin, she responded to Banks’ awful words in a really great way: Sit down and use your voice for something good.
“In this life, you’re blessed to have been given an influential platform. So have I,” Palin wrote in the most powerful portion of her response. “Why don’t we strengthen both our platforms and work together on something worthwhile — like condemning racism, along with empowering young women to defend themselves against a most misogynist, degrading, devastating assault perpetrated by evil men — rape.”
Taking full advantage of the publicity, Banks wrote a long pseudo-apology on Tumblr, including an explanation of the difference between “rape” and “run a train,” then proceeded to call Palin a racist.
“As the fabric of the American Nation is EMBEDDED with racism, I merely made a raCIALly driven joke to counter what i believed to be real, raCIST rhetoric (sic),” Banks wrote. “Also, i never said you should be raped. I used the term “run a train,” which is slang for group sex, NOT for ‘rape.’ There are many distinctions between the two. As a woman, I would never trivialize something as lewd and criminal to provide myself any sort of comic relief because it simply… just isn’t funny (sic).
“‘Hey Female Rapper,’ was your way to euphemize what you REALLY wanted to say. What you wanted to say was, ‘Hey little Stereotypical Black, Thing (sic)!'” she continued.
“Twitter is not real, neither is your opinion of me! If Bristol Palin listened to my music she probably wouldn’t have all those cotdamn kids!!!! ;-P #sis #iud #stayinschool #causeitsthebest (sic).”
Oh, honey, no. You’re just making it worse.
UPDATE April 6, 2016: Banks has not stopped her diatribe against Palin, tweeting more insults — and getting lots of attention for them.
Palin has so far not commented further.