24-year-old rapper Azealia Banks found herself in hot water on Tuesday when she body shamed Disney Channel star Skai Jackson, who is a full decade younger than her. Banks, who is known for being reckless on social media, went back and forth with the young actress in a series of vicious tweets.
The feud began when Banks went on a rant attacking another musician, Zayn Malik, for posting a video that she believed was influenced by her work. Most didn’t give her rant a second thought, until her tweets became racially charged.
In her venomous tweets, Banks called Malik a sand n****r and labeled his mother a “dirty refugee who would never be granted asylum”. The former One Direction band mate turned solo artist, whose mother is English and father is Pakistani, was left confused as to why she was targeting him.
This is where Skai Jackson comes in. She, like everyone else with a Twitter account, saw the racist tweets and tried to diffuse Banks.
And cue Banks’ disgusting attack on a 14-year-old teen, including saying that she needed to get her “ass” and “tits” done. Jackson was not shaken, which prompted a Twitter war. Here are a few tweets from their exchange.
Banks later took to Periscope live to further spew hate on both Jackson and her mother.
When Skai Jackson’s mother, Kiya Cole, caught wind of the nasty exchange, she took to her Instagram account to address Banks and to give her a warning.
We’ve all seen Azealia Banks go off on rants on social media before and we’ve all probably thought the same thing — she’s an unstable person seeking attention. However, this week she crossed a line that we didn’t think she’d cross. Even the most reckless individuals have boundaries. Body shaming a 14 ‑year-old and spewing racial slurs is absolutely disgusting. As a young black woman in the industry, Banks has a global platform and an opportunity to blaze a trail. But she seems most comfortable viciously ripping people apart in the name of truth-telling.
Banks has since been dropped as a headliner of the London festival Born & Bred after her offensive tweets against Malik.
— Born & Bred (@bornandbredLDN) May 11, 2016
Banks has issued an explanation for her tweets as of 12PM CST:
We’re not sure how attacking Skai achieves her goal of warning her about the industry. But apparently in Banks’ twisted thinking it does.