By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
Azealia Banks' homophobic tweet using the word "F----t" (which she used to target Perez Hilton) has sparked a response from GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).
"@AZEALIABANKS Are you open to hearing from young #LGBT people & fans who have been hurt by slurs & comments like yours?," the organization tweeted over the weekend, with a link to news stories from around the country in which the offending word was related to violence and bigotry. "'F----t' is an ugly, archaic word that was used to stigmatize a population of people who suffer high rates of violence both here in the U.S. and abroad.
As far as we’ve come in this society, seeing it used by an artist many young people may look up to is painful, but even more so for those young fans, many of whom GLAAD has heard from," Matt Kane, Associate Director of Entertainment Media at GLAAD, said in an official press release.
The organization says that it has reached out to Banks’ representatives, and is working to compile stories of fans and teens who wanted to respond to the slur and how it makes them feel when they hear it.
Azealia got into hot water earlier during a Twitter spat with celebrity blogger Perez Hilton. At one point, Azealia said " lol what a messy f----t you are" although she quickly tried to clarify, "A f----t is not a homosexual male. A f----t is any male who acts like a female. There's a BIG difference."