Quite a few controversies swirling at the moment! To start, you've probably heard about the chaos that Dave Chappelle's latest Netflix comedy special, The Closer, has caused. The comedian has come under fire in the past for his anti-trans comments and this special is no exception. His comments have sparked outrage in the LGBTQ community and within the ranks at Netflix, so much so that Netflix fired a trans employee for organizing a walk-out in protest of the special.
Along with Chappelle's moment, Lil Boosie has also been making homophobic comments but these are directed at a specific person -- Lil Nas X.
What do these have in common? Well, Azealia Banks is coming to the rescue. Banks, who has a bit of history with homophobic comments, has recently been making some pretty poignant arguments on her Instagram stories when situations like this arise. And the LGBTQ community is taking notice.
The rapper jumped to the defense of Lil Nas X and the trans community in some recent posts.
No really the violent rhetoric surrounding Lil Nas X is very very concerning. And it's not cool. It doesn't show progress. It doesn't make you look tough or smart, and completely contradicts hip-hop's cry for unity, solidarity, and social justice reform. It's been on my mind a lot. It's starting to bleed past general homophobia and it's making everything not fun anymore.
Her post begins...
Dave Chappelle & Lil boosie are both entirely too grown and entirely too black to be this concerned about other people's sex lives. It's highkey embarassing. Dave chappelle is also about four years late to the transphobia outrage attention grab. And lil boosie gets no extra street cred for antagonizing a young black kid for who he chooses to love.
Azealia goes on to say that Lil Nas X is not the enemy that Boosie claims he is to be, in her own words...
You are so f****** bamboozled it's ridiculous. The fact that you have the confidence to publicly suggest he kill himself for living a life free of all the things that have completely obliterated your ability to see yourself as anything other than a ward of the state is absolutely heartbreaking.
Fans also jumped to X's defense, saying that Boosie's anger isn't about him being queer necessarily.
Boosie's original tweet was deleted for violating Twitter's harassment policy, but he's posted what seems to be a few follow ups that are just as offensive.