Black Lives Matter activist and Baltimore mayoral candidate Deray Mckesson and controversial rapper Azealia Banks engaged in a heated debate over use of the word "faggot" Friday night on Twitter. And now Mckesson is paying for it.
Banks became so frustrated with Mckesson that, finally, she decided she wanted a refund on the donation she made to his mayoral campaign.
The original invocation of the word "fag" came when Banks shot back at Beverly Hills Salon owner Elgin Charles, who claims to be a "multimillionaire" entrepreneur, for telling the rapper to "spe[nd] less time on social media and MORE time in the studio."
No you aren't. ur a dirty black church fag. Thats all you are, and all you will ever be. LOL https://t.co/7TdbL6Zucj— AZEALIABANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) April 23, 2016
Not long after Banks used the divisive term, Mckesson chided her for tweeting the "homophobic" and "offensive" word. And then the Twitter war ensued.
@AZEALIABANKS c'mon, no need to call him, or anyone, a "fag."— deray mckesson (@deray)April 23, 2016
@deray Faggotry is rooted in misogyny. not homosexuality.— AZEALIABANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) April 23, 2016
It's homophobic & offensive, Azealia. There are other words that you can use to convey your displeasure w/ him. https://t.co/GY8WNAtHwe— deray mckesson (@deray) April 23, 2016
@deray Do you. Just don't push it on me.— AZEALIABANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) April 23, 2016
@AZEALIABANKS we've had good and solid convos in the past, this isn't me fighting. The word is homophobic and offensive, Azealia.— deray mckesson (@deray) April 23, 2016
Well then i guess i'm a homophobe. Deal with it. https://t.co/1WZtr3mKC0— AZEALIABANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) April 23, 2016
I'm not sure how we got to this point so quickly, as I'm not fighting w/ you. & I wish you well. https://t.co/f8QegAX40Y— deray mckesson (@deray) April 23, 2016
Finally, the debate ended, when an angry Banks requested that Mckesson refund her donation. The mayoral candidate complied, telling Banks he would process her refund Monday.
Mckesson has since returned to tweeting about Baltimore politics and the untimely death of pop music icon Prince. Banks, however, seems to still be fuming over the argument, retweeting followers who stand by her use of the word "fag."
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