Azealia Banks called out Dave Chappelle for his comments on the transgender and LGBTQ+ community in his latest Netflix special The Closer. According to Jezebel, the songstress shared her thoughts on the issue via her Instagram story, saying the comedian is “entirely too grown and entirely too Black to be this concerned about other people’s sex lives.”
Azealia Banks calls out Dave Chappelle for transphobic & homophobic special and Boosie for homophobic rant against Lil Nas X.
“The violent rhetoric surrounding Lil Nas X is very very concerning… As far as Chappelle goes… you are more than obviously attracted to transwomen.” pic.twitter.com/V2r0jD2s3C
— Pop Base (@PopBase) October 26, 2021
Chappelle has been under fire recently after publicly identifying himself as a “Trans-exclusionary Radical Feminist” (TERF) in his special. The comedian also made other derogatory remarks about transgender women, as Blavity previously reported.
Employees at Netflix’s office staged a walk-out over the streaming service’s continued support of the comedian, gaining the attention of other notable names in Hollywood like actor Elliot Page and Jameela Jamil.
“I stand with the trans, nonbinary, and BIPOC employees at Netflix fighting for more and better trans stories and a more inclusive workplace,” Page said on Instagram.
Banks took a moment to talk on the issue, declaring “as far as Dave Chappelle goes…you are more than obviously attracted to transwomen.”
“And that is okay! Life is short, Explore!” she said on Tuesday.
Ace Showbiz reports her rant wasn’t confined to solely criticizing Chappelle. She also went after rapper Boosie for his controversial remarks against Lil Nas X following the “Montero” rapper’s mildly trolled joke involving a potential collaboration between the two.
“Dave chappelle is also about four years late to the transphobia outrage attention grab. And Lil boosie gets no extra streets cred for antagonizing a young black kid for who he chooses to love,” she said. “Lil nas x is not the catalyst for the generational debris left behind from centuries of psychological terrorism and the sexual exploitation of black men AND women on southern plantations via forced slave breeding/buckbreaking/bed wenching.”
NME reports Boosie, who’s been extremely vocal in the past about his distaste for Lil Nas X’s music and performances, responded to the “Old Town Road” rapper’s joke with a hostile response suggesting that he should kill himself and “do this world a huge favor.”
“The fact that you have the confidence to publicly suggest he kill himself for living a life free of all the things that have completely obliterated your ability to see yourself as anything other than a ward of the state is absolutely heartbreaking,” Banks said.
Banks’ recent criticism of the comedian comes a year after she, too, was accused of being transphobic. In a post on Instagram, the singer slammed the use of gender-neutral pronouns.
“I can’t stand you they/them sons of b****es,” Banks wrote, according to Capital Xtra. “Pronouns are f***ing r*****ed.”
The singer has also been known to widely criticize Democrats and publicly bash other artists including Rihanna and Beyoncé, Billboard reports.
After Beyoncé released her highly-acclaimed visual album Lemonade, Banks uttered that the singer should “shut up and let the new vanguard of black women come forth.”