US rapper Azealia Banks has provoked fresh controversy after branding the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community the "gay white KKK." The 212 hitmaker stunned fans when she made the comparison to white supremacy group the Ku Klux Klan in a since-deleted tweet in response to footage circulating online of her calling a male flight attendant a gay slur.
"LGBT community (GGGG) are like the gay white KKK's," Banks wrote in a message to her 563,000 Twitter followers. "Get them some pink hoods and unicorns and let them rally down rodeo drive."
Banks made headlines earlier in September after she was caught on camera screaming at an airline attendant and calling him a "f*****g f****t" during an altercation on a Delta flight. TMZ reported that the Broke With Expensive Tastes rapper had a meltdown after a French passenger blocked her as she tried to squeeze down the aisle and make a quick exit.
According to the star, the man hit her in the face, but witnesses told TMZ he put his hand in Banks's face to stop her as she pushed past. A video captured after their confrontation shows Banks screaming the slur at the flight attendant after he tried to take her luggage. The 24-year-old singer, who identifies as bisexual, hit back in a series of expletive-filled posts on her timeline accusing the LGBT community of turning on her rather than express outrage over the way the man treated her.
"If I am to be a part of an LGBT community I want to be in it with people who aren't so weak or so easily moved ya know," she wrote. "Because all the time spent being mad at word could've been used to help people who really need the help!'"
She went on to advise that the gay community should not be so hung up on the word 'f****t', comparing it to how she brushes off people who try to bring her down by using racial slurs. "I'm not a weak b****," she explained. "Being called a dyke or a n****r does absolutely nothing to move me."
In 2014, the New York native told the Guardian she was criticising misogynists, not gay people, when she uses homophobic slurs. "A lot of gay men are way more misogynistic than straight men," she said.
"The (expletive) they say about women behind their backs, it's like: 'Wow, oh my God!' ... A f***** is anybody that hates women. It's like, y'all sing along to my words when I'm saying [expletives levelled at black people and women], but as soon as I call this one white man a f***** the whole world exploded."