Azealia Banks is at it again. The controversial “Chasing Time” singer/rapper created a stir Monday with a series of Instagram and Twitter posts that pushed all sorts of racial hot buttons.
Prior to Monday’s social media flurry, Banks had made headlines as one of Iggy Azalea’s harshest critics, accusing the white Australian rapper of appropriating African-American culture.
Monday’s controversy began with Banks posting a photo of herself in a makeup chair, with white makeup on her face, captioned “#whiteface.” When some fans and followers expressed shock over the post, Banks tried to clarify the situation, but in the process may have created further controversy by using the term “crackers” and the N-word in a series of inflammatory tweets.
She also claimed the negative reaction to her racially charged stunt was sexist, wondering why Snoop Dogg’s whiteface stunt last summer wasn’t greeted with similar outrage. She concluded it was a case of “Misogynoir…at its finest” along with a Wikipedia link to the term, which refers to anti-black misogyny, invented by queer black feminist scholar Moya Bailey.
As the day progressed, Banks posted more photos of her makeup session, with blue makeup added around her eyes, revealing that she was indeed being made up to be an “ice princess” for a music video.