GLAAD criticises Azealia Banks for homophobic tweet

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation group slams the rapper for Perez Hilton comments

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation group slammed the rapper for calling Hilton a "messy faggot" during an online spat which began when he took the side of Angel Haze during last week's feud between the two up-and-coming rappers, which saw them both savage each other via diss tracks.

The 'BBD' rapper went on to call Hilton "dickbreath" and told him to "gobble a dick". Banks later defended what she said by tweeting: "A faggot is not a homosexual male. A faggot is any male who acts like a female. There's a BIG difference."

However, GLAAD has hit out at Banks' use of the word "faggot" and said it is a term "almost universally used by bullies, often used as part of a larger verbal or physical assault".

In a written statement published on their website, GLAAD said: "Banks’ claim that the word "faggot" doesn't mean a gay male is not true. Regardless of her intent or her personal definition, what matters is the meaning given to that word by those who hear it, and the damage it causes when they do."

It continued: "Undoubtedly there are gay kids who follow her on Twitter who hear this word in an entirely different context. This word is used almost universally by bullies, often as part of a larger verbal or physical assault. This word hurts those kids, no matter what Banks meant by it."

"GLAAD has reached out to Banks’ representatives, and is working to compile stories of fans and teens who wanted to respond to the word and let others know what it feels like when they hear it. "