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Debate - Was Azealia Banks justified in using the word “faggot”?

The self-confessed “rude bitch” has had quite the month. Labelling the gay community like “white KKK,” telling an Instagram user she wanted to “spray a gay man in the face with pepper spray”, and calling a flight attendant a “fucking faggot”. Her reasoning? Gay men use derogatory terms towards women, so she can towards them. But does she have a point?

“Yes, you faggots” Ella Braidwood

Ella is journalist, MA student and a campaigner for LGBT rights.

Find her on Twitter at@ella_braidwood

Azealia’s words are outright offensive. I’m a lesbian and was initially disgusted – but then I realised how she’s drawn attention to the issue of misogyny in the gay community. She’s stimulated a debate I don’t believe would have happened had she not been so badass belligerent.

She justifies her posts on the basis that gay men shouldn’t refer to women using sexist terms, if they can’t take being referred to using homophobic equivalents. She wrote in a reply to EastEnders’ Alison Newman: “If gay men are allowed to take words originally designed to hurt women and make them colloquial, then why can’t I?”

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