Azealia Banks Could Be Banned From The UK Because Of Her Hateful Comments

"Coming to the U.K. is a privilege, and we expect those who come here to respect our shared values."

By Eric Shorey

The platonic ideal of "problematic faves" (ugh) Azealia Banks is probably getting banned from the UK over a handful of hateful statements she expressed over Twitter in the recent past. Following being dropped from an upcoming UK festival and being suspended from her social media platform of choice, the United Kingdom's Home Office is now looking into making sure the rapper never enters their territory again.

According to The Fader, a UK representative had this to say about banning forgein citizens from their country: “Coming to the U.K. is a privilege, and we expect those who come here to respect our shared values. The Home Secretary has the power to exclude an individual if she considers that his or her presence in the U.K. is not conducive to the public good or if their exclusion is justified on public policy grounds.”

The only other rapper to be similarly blacklisted is Tyler, The Creator for lyrics from 2009. He may be able to hop accross the pond once again in three to five years.

Notably, many attempted to keep Banks' politician of choice, Donald Trump, from travelling to the UK as well, as pointed out by The Fader: "In January, a petition on the U.K. government's website to ban Donald Trump from entry reached nearly 600,000, forcing a public debate in parliament on January 18. Regarding Trump's perceived hate speech, Conservative MP Sam Gyimah said, 'We can object to this, we can decry this, but that is no grounds on which to ban a presidential candidate.'”

It isn't debateable that Banks' comments were reprehensible, but it also seems suspicious that two high-profile (black) rappers have made it on the UK's list of 84 people banned from the country for hate speech, while (white) actors, athletes, and celebrities do not receive the same negative attention for making similarly hateful comments.

Either way, Banks is remaining silent on this situation and has yet to comment.

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