Azealia Banks Loses Gig After Hurling Racist, Homophobic Tweets at Zayn Malik

“We celebrate inclusivity and equality,” Rinse Born & Bred festival organizers say

Last Updated: May 11, 2016 @ 9:55 AM

Azealia Banks has been dropped from a London festival over a series of tweets in which she directed racist and homophobic slurs against former One Direction member Zayn Malik.

“We have decided to cancel Azealia Banks’ headline appearance at Rinse Born & Bred,” Rinse FM tweeted Wednesday. “Rinse Born & Bred is a celebration of rave culture and has been created for EVERYONE. We celebrate inclusivity and equality.”

The exchange that cost Banks the festival began on Tuesday when she pointed out on Instagram that Malik’s new music video looks similar to one of hers. “Damn Zayn be mood boarding the fuck of out me,” she wrote with a collage of images from both videos. “I’m not mad about this though. Zayn is a cutie pie.”

That changed when Malik sent a few vague tweets that Banks assumed were directed at her. “Imma start calling you punjab you dirty bitch,” Banks tweeted. “You a dick rider for real for real. Ride this dick until the wheels fall off Punjab.” And that was just the beginning of her her expletive-filled attack on the pop star.

“Why you been saying nasty things about me?” Malik asked. “I wasn’t talking about you.” But she continued to post racial remarks, and claimed that the “Pillow Talk” singer gave out her number to fans.

Malik opted out of the conversation, but then singer Lily Allen got involved after Banks said she would “bear arms” even if she travelled to the United Kingdom.

See all of Banks’ tweets below.

Damn Zayn be mood boarding the fuck of out me ????.. I'm not mad about this though. Zayn is a cutie pie

A photo posted by Azealia Banks (@azealiabanks) on

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