Azealia Banks Takes on Nicki Minaj in Miley Cyrus Body Image Debate

By E. Parker

Azealia Banks is none to pleased with Nicki Minaj‘s recent attacks on Miley Cyrus, wherein Minaj calls out Cyrus for appropriating black culture without making an attempt to understand the struggles of black women.

“I wish Nic would stop trying to turn this Miley thing into a race issue cuz she was mute about cultural approp. until she became “victim,” Azealia tweeted, in response to a recent story in the New York Times.

In the story, Minaj addressed her previous spat with Cyrus, that centered around comments Minaj made about a lack of diversity at the VMA Awards, especially when it came to body types. “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year,” she had tweeted.

Related: Nicki Minaj Says Miley Cyrus Has Big Balls

Cyrus responded, saying Minaj was “not too kind” and was attempting to start a war between pop stars. From then, the beef was on.

In the Times interview, Minaj doubled-down on her response to Cyrus.

“The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls,” she said. “You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important? Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad. If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.”

Banks took exception to Minaj’s focus on body image and race, pointing out her own slim figure and the rumors that Minaj had received enhancements to make her body more curvy. Banks herself has recently enhanced her figure, and discussed it on social media.

“Plus how u gonna complain about a video with skinny women when ur body is enhanced .. You too were once a skinny woman,” she tweeted. “I am a skinny black woman. Not every black woman can afford enhancements so it’s not fair to other girls to make it about that.”

The outspoken Banks didn’t stop at body image, she also scolded Nicki for using race as a battering ram in the beef with Cyrus and MTV’s VMAs.

“This isn’t about race,” she said. “If it were she would’ve said something when the industry was trying to wipe her out with vanilla wife.”

Banks didn’t end with the scathing remarks on Minaj, she added a few thoughts on the female rap category, which she said lacks unity.

“I may just have to get over the very utopian idea of a female rap sorority cause it ain’t happening while capitalism is at play. LOL”

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