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Azealia Banksvia @azealiabanks / Instagram

Azealia Banks issues official apology for racist tweets

‘Allowing my anger to get the best of me, I’ve managed to insult millions of people without reason’

Azealia Banks has said a lot (a lot) of provocative things on Twitter. She’s called for Sarah Palin to be gangbanged by a group of “big veiny, ashy, black” dicks. She’s pledged allegiance to Donald Trump over his famously strict immigration policies. But nothing quite compares – in contention or notoriety – to the attack she made on Zayn Malik last week.

Banks, who was initially accusing Malik of stealing her style, quickly descended into a particularly ugly tirade last Tuesday; calling the “Pillow Talk” singer a number of shocking racial slurs. As a result, the social media site was forced to shut down the rapper’s account, as well as stopping any attempts she made to start up another. 

Speaking on her Instagram this weekend, Banks addressed the drama – and, somewhat uncharacteristically, extended her “sincerest apologies” for it. 

“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,” she shared on Saturday evening. “Employing racial/sexual slurs/stereotypes in attempts to make fun of or degrade another person or group is not fair or fun for anyone.” See below:

Banks, who didn’t specifically mention Malik in the apology, did take the opportunity to clarify her decision to call him a “curry scented bitch”. Blaming her “New York” sense of humour, she added that she was “compelled to clear the air with curry itself”.

“That’s a bridge I don’t want to burn,” she wrote. “I still want to be able to enjoy it freely without guilt or judgement.” 

The insult has since sparked its own retaliatory movement, with a number of South Asian women tagging their selfies with the hashtag “#curryscentedbitch”.