It’s taken awhile, but rapper Azealia Banks has made an apology for a profanity-laced rant she posted earlier this year on Instagram about PrEP and the men who use it.
In October, Banks posted an Instagram story criticizing out queer singer Frank Ocean for launching a club event called “PrEP+” and implying that gay men use the drug as an excuse for promiscuous behavior.
The rapper, who is known for her no-holds-barred and often controversial public discourse, returned to Instagram on Tuesday with a simple post apologizing for her previous comments:
“Hey guys, So…. a few weeks ago I went on a rant about Pre-exposure prophylaxis meds and I am just doubling back to say…… I’m sorry [sad face emoji] It’s not my place. It was extremely insensitive. Who cares if I meant well, that wasn’t the way. I’m really really sorry.”
The original post was Banks’ response to news of Ocean’s NYC club night, the first of a series of events described by the “Nikes” singer as an “homage to what could have been of the 1980s’ NYC club scene if the drug… had been invented in that era.”
In the October rant, which was part of a longer video, Banks said:
“Clearly I have a lot of gay male friends. Do not take that PrEP shit, okay? There’s no reason for you to need to have a fucking pill so you can just fuck whoever you want to fuck and just be all fucking nasty out there on the streets acting a fucking fool. The boys are still getting HIV, the girls are getting fucking renal failure, they’re getting liver fucking failure, they’re getting anal warts, they’re getting anal cancer, OK? That’s a fucking death trap.
“And for that dumbass n**** Frank Ocean to sit up there and promote that to y’all gays like that’s something that y’all need? It’s evil, and he’s probably getting paid by some white gay corporation to do this shit. Y’all stay off that fucking PrEP.
“Y’all stay off that fucking PrEP. You don’t need to have everybody running up in your fucking asshole all day. If you got a sex addiction like that, that you need a fucking pill so you can go fuck and suck and do all that, then you need to go see a fucking psychiatrist.”
Banks faced immediate backlash for the remarks, being called out by LGBTQ commenters on social media for spreading misinformation about the drug and “slut-shaming” its users. Among them was out singer Olly Alexander of the group Years and Years, who tweeted:
Alexander also added, “i ask for people to be a little thoughtful before they start labeling people on prep as – in azealia’s case, just whores who want it raw. it’s homophobic and actually it does not concern you in the slightest.”
Banks’ followers have responded positively to her apology. In response to one commenter who said, “who cares ur still that girl,” the rapper replied:
“i care. I have all these ‘tough love’ and anger styles of expressing myself which have surely been passed down through generations of oppression. It’s time i let that generational debris go. It didn’t help turn any of the people in my family into happy healthy humans and it sure as hell has been holding me back from true happiness. I’m not making excuses… but I really gotta let that anger go, ESPECIALLY since I know it ultimately comes from angry slave master teachings. I don’t want to be a reflection of that. I don’t want to be a relic of the past anymore.”
The rapper was banned on Twitter in 2016 for calling One Direction singer Zayn Malik a “faggot,” a “sand n***a,” a “dick rider” and a “paki.” She went on to say that the British-Pakistani singer was “only apart of 1d to draw brown attention,” and insulted Malik’s mother by calling her “a dirty refugee who won’t be granted asylum.”
When DJ Bok Bok responded to that outburst by asking her to delete all of his music, Banks referred to him as a “fudgepacker.”