Sarah Palin Says She’s Going To Sue Azealia Banks Over (What Else?) Twitter Tirade
Just when you thought Azealia Banks had lifted up the last possible rock to find someone to get into an online spat with, enter Sarah Palin. Or rather, enter a satirical (and, it should also be pointed out, fake) “news” story published by Newslo.com where the onetime Alaska governor and former Republican vice presidential nominee is quoted (again, this is fake) as saying, “I’m telling you, I’ve been saying it for years, but nobody’s listening – slavery wasn’t forced onto African-Americans, they accepted it willingly. But, all of a sudden, they realized that it represented a very powerful bargaining chip that could help them milk more money out of the national budget. And now they’re even complaining white people are racist. That is just horrendous.”
Banks caught wind of the story and spun into a since-deleted, extremely NSFW Twitter rant earlier this week that started off with “Sarah Palin needs to have all her hair shaved off to a buzz cut” and just got progressively more vulgar after that. (Breitbart has screen grabs of the original tweets — which include references to Palin being sexually assaulted and then locked in a cupboard — as captured by Media Research Center.)
The events that followed involve Palin first posting a response to Banks’ rant on Facebook, which includes the following:
Hey Female Rapper – listen up, little darling. No one has any idea what you’re wigging out about in these bizarre, violent rants against me, but you’re obviously not exercising enough intelligence to acknowledge you’ve been sucked into believing some fake interview in which I supposedly offered comments representing the antithesis of my truth.
In this life, you’re blessed to have been given an influential platform. So have I. 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.
Apparently not satisfied with having the war play out with mere words, on Tuesday (April 5), Palin gave a statement to People announcing her intention to sue Banks “on behalf of all reasonable women of every age, race and political leaning.”
Part of Palin’s statement reads, “I’ve had enough of the unanswered threats and attacks against my family and me. So, for the first time I’m going to enjoy the only retribution some protected ‘celebrities’ seem to understand – I’m suing Azealia Banks and can’t wait to share my winnings with others who have gone defenseless against lies and dangerous attacks far too long.”
Banks responded on Tuesday with an apology posted on her Tumblr that said, among other things, “since learning that the article was not published officially, I sincerely apologize for any emotional distress or reputational scarring i may have caused you. In my honest defense, i was completely kidding. I happen to have a really crass, New-York-City sense of humor, and regularly make silly jokes in attempts make light of situations which make me uncomfortable. 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.”
From there, the apology turned a bit smug as Banks also included the following in her letter to Palin:
P.S.: -I am an EXTREMELY intelligent woman, Mrs. Palin. -“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!” -Realize that stereotypes are a product of what I like to call the “Critical White Gaze.” The basic fundamentals of the Critical White Gaze are Fear, Ignorance, Curiosity, and Fetishization. -Intelligence is not something which can be quantified in 140 Characters. -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
There you have it. Ironically, both Banks and Palin have one thing in common: They support Donald Trump‘s run for president.
It seems unlikely that Sarah Palin would even bother taking the time to sue Banks over a Twitter rant, but who knows if she’ll really follow through? And if this does indeed go to court, could we be seeing the end of the outspoken rapper’s once-prolific string of online beefs?