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Bob the Drag queen, season 8 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, had some choice words for Azealia Banks on Wednesday, following an altercation between Banks and season 10 contestant Monét X Change. Bob appropriately ethered Banks through a diss track.
The drama began last weekend, when Banks criticized the TV series in a series of tweets for “commodifying gay culture” and pandering to “popular white gay sentiment.” She also accused RuPaul Charles of copyright infringement, saying his song “Call Me Mother” stole from her 2016 track “The Big Big Beat.”
X Change responded on Twitter Monday night.
“The hetero community wasn’t checkin for yo ass before this debacle, and they won’t after,” she tweeted. “Obscurity is where you shall exist.”
I will no longer perform my Azealia Mix...EVER. @cheapyxo is rotted TRASH.— Monét X Change (@monetxchange) June 5, 2018
Good one Azealia. Gotta love a tired bitch with preschool reads. Do you not realize that the LGBTQIA+ Community is the ONLY reason you have a career? The hetero community wasn’t checkin for yo ass before this debacle, and they won’t after. Obscurity is where you shall exist. https://t.co/yGQ5TF3iEY— Monét X Change (@monetxchange) June 5, 2018
Banks then escalated the situation, saying, “Bitch your crotch is rotting and fermenting under that sour mildew ass girdle sus … I do not give a goddamn.”
Shortly after her last comment, her Twitter account was deactivated. It’s unclear if she did it herself or if Twitter suspended the account. As of press time, Banks was back on Twitter.
Banks’ disappearance on Twitter didn’t stop Drag Race alumni from clapping back, however. Most notably, Bob called out Banks for her co-option of Black, queer culture and her vocal support of President Donald Trump—who’s widely viewed as both anti-Black and anti-LGBTQ rights. (Trump did refuse to acknowledge Pride Month for the second year in a row.)
“For the record I know Azealia identifies as bisexual, but that does not stop get from being an enemy to the queer community,” they wrote. “CONSTANT transphobic, and homophobic statements paired with Trump support means you’re done.”
For the record i know Azaelia identifies as bisexual, but that does not stop get from being an enemy to the queer community. CONSTANT transphobic, and homophobic statements paired with Trump support means you're done.— Bob The Drag Queen (@thatonequeen) June 6, 2018
And when a celebrity promotes a political candidate it's even bigger than voting for them yourself, because they convince others to do so as well.— Bob The Drag Queen (@thatonequeen) June 6, 2018
But tweeting wasn’t enough—Bob published a video on his YouTube channel laying out how he believes Banks has co-opted the culture and ended the video with a scalding diss track.
“Since you’re so interested in co-opting black, queer culture, and propagating it as your own, I think it’s time to drag you deep into the miasma of one of black queer culture’s greatest traditions,” Bob said before diving into the rap.
Bob explained that Banks co-opts house music, which he says was popularized by Black queers in the ‘80s as disco music faded out.
“Let’s take a second to look at all the facts. You attack women, queers, and other blacks,” Bob said at the beginning of the track. “You prefer old white men? Good to know. ‘Cause after this they’ll be the only people at your show.”
My thoughts on the Azaelia Banks mess. https://t.co/Mq5hbFm8ni— Bob The Drag Queen (@thatonequeen) June 6, 2018
Bob ended his Twitter rant by suggesting that folks who want to support Black queer people in the music industry support Big Freedia, an electronic and hip-hop artist hailing from Louisiana.
I'm hoping off Twitter for now. In the meanwhile if you're looking for a black queer artist to fill the void that the talented Azaelia Banks left, and she IS truly talented, try @bigfreedia She's talented too. https://t.co/wosc5gkUhW— Bob The Drag Queen (@thatonequeen) June 6, 2018
Since her account has reappeared, Banks has attacking RuPaul’s Drag Race. When told that Bob wrote a diss track about her, she said she’d never heard of him but assumed it was bad.
Lmfao I don’t even know who that is but I know it’s gonna be a hot gay unmusical mess. Those girls don’t have the chops to make REAL music they make campy gay music. The philly girls make real music. Drag race girls make whitewashed versions of it and call it gay culture https://t.co/NKHKDNcNVN— CHEAPY XO (@cheapyxo) June 7, 2018
And it’s like ... I love the gays so much I get hurt when I see them subscribing to that corny shit. Because gays deserve so much more than drag race from mainstream media— CHEAPY XO (@cheapyxo) June 7, 2018
I honestly only read what the blogs posted didn’t even bother to try and differeniate the statements and people. Just sound like one big chorus of haunted clowns screaming from inside a plastic bag— CHEAPY XO (@cheapyxo) June 8, 2018
Shortly after the news about Anthony Bourdain’s death broke, she went on a separate rant about how she feels badly for how she has treated other artists. She particularly included Zayn Malik—who she once tweeted a racist remark to in 2016 and had her Twitter account deactivated in response—but made it clear that she doesn’t intend to apologize to the drag queens.
*puts down baseball bat*.. this is so fucking true. Often times I can be super critical and I lean on “my right to have an opinion,” .... but I have to realize that my words hurt just as much as the words i get tossed at me do https://t.co/ilRx6Bsboc— CHEAPY XO (@cheapyxo) June 8, 2018
I absolutely need to be the change i want to see in the world. And I have to remain consistent with it. I need to take peoples bad words and turn them into roses in my head and not let them infect me with anger that I spew on everyone else— CHEAPY XO (@cheapyxo) June 8, 2018
I’ve been growing (y’all can’t say I haven’t) and I’m always growing ... I will make a conscious effort to be kind, And realize that consciously being gracious is an act of self love as well. It will bring me more happiness.— CHEAPY XO (@cheapyxo) June 8, 2018
I dont like saying mean things I guess I just sort of have it on auto-pilot. I’m really 27 realizing I have been taught ZERO social skills as a kid. All I knew was loud crass humor and violence.— CHEAPY XO (@cheapyxo) June 8, 2018
But it feels so damn good to relax and be present and pleasant. It’s still very unfamiliar emotion to me - being present and pleasant but I have been working at it over the last two years and I feel a difference - yet still have some ways to go— CHEAPY XO (@cheapyxo) June 8, 2018
Literally some of the bananas shit I’ve said in public is EXACTLY how my mother spoke to me as a kid. So when your only authoritative figure is screaming fighting and cursing - it’s easy to assume that that is the proper way of “adulting”. And found out , it’s not - THE HARD WAY— CHEAPY XO (@cheapyxo) June 8, 2018
FYI this is absolutely not about you tired ass drag race contestants. Y’all still smell like tuna water.. I’m talking about the relationships with other artists I love that I’ve totally ruined because of my inability to communicate how I feel— CHEAPY XO (@cheapyxo) June 8, 2018
Like no shade I could have not went off on rihanna or nicki or beyonce. Or Gaga or Zayn ... like none of those people deserved any of the things I said to them... no matter how I felt on my side— CHEAPY XO (@cheapyxo) June 8, 2018
It doesn’t look like Banks will having a change of heart over her beef with Drag Race queens anytime soon.
Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.