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Sarah Palin threatens to sue Azealia Banks over Twitter rant


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If you know one thing about Azealia Banks, it’s that her name drives copy editors nuts.

If you know two things about her, the other is that she loves to go off on people on Twitter — and also in real life. This time, the rapper started a war of words with Sarah Palin, and the former governor isn’t having it — to the tune of threatening to sue.

It all started when Banks read a satirical article about Palin and thought it was real.

(Pause for laughter.)

The story quoted Palin as saying, “Slavery wasn’t forced onto African-Americans, they accepted it willingly. … Negroes loved being slaves and they were doing just fine under our rules.”

Banks took the Newslo story seriously because she Internets too much, and then things got extremely vulgar.

We’ll let you click here to read her profanity-laden tweets, which have since been deleted but were screengrabbed by the Media Research Center.

In response, Palin issued a lengthy statement. Here’s an excerpt:

“Let’s be honest here: If a white girl were to say what this black girl is saying, the screams for the entire white population’s head would be louder than the nonsensical rap that Azealia spews all the way to the bank. The white girl would probably be locked up. …

“I think this time I don’t just sit back and swallow it, but put the fear of God in her by holding her accountable. As many of you have for years implored me to do, I’m finally going to sue.”

Banks has since apologized in a rambling letter posted to her Tumblr account. In it she writes, “While many other American people may see you as someone to be ridiculed, I truly believe that you possess a certain 'je ne sais quoi,’ (a french term which is often interpreted to denote one’s inexplicable charisma.) Given a bit of book-reading/media-training/patience, that charisma could become your magic carpet. There is something very charismatic and misunderstood about you. The misunderstood bit oftentimes reminds me of myself. …

“Now since learning that the article was not published officially, I sincerely apologize for any emotional distress or reputational scarring i may have caused you."

The letter went on and on, ending with a number of postscripts such as, “'Hey Female Rapper,’ was your way to euphemize what you REALLY wanted to say. What you wanted to say was, 'Hey little Stereotypical Black, Thing!’”

And our favorite: “P.S.: – I am an EXTREMELY intelligent woman, Mrs. Palin.”

A source told People that the former vice presidential candidate is “in discussions with attorneys” about the suit.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 4:06pm]


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