Playboy Defends Azealia Banks Interview

Playboy has completed it’s mission of bringing controversy to the masses with it’s controversial interview with Azealia Banks. Despite the backlash, Playboy is defending her.

In the interview, Banks gives Playboy magazine a mouth full of her opinions, some of which didn’t sit too well with a few people, like her commenting on her hatred for America:

I hate everything about this country. Like, I hate fat white Americans. All the people who are crunched into the middle of America, the real fat and meat of America, are these racist conservative white people who live on their farms. Those little teenage girls who work at Kmart and have a racist grandma-that’s really America

According to FOXNews, Playboy editor, Jimmy Jellinek defended the interview on their Facebook page.

While we don’t endorse her views, we do defend her right to say them said Jellinek while also admitting to wanting to “break the internet” as well

In that same statement, Jellinek defended the magazine’s tradition of featuring outspoken personalities who “shape our culture” ranging from Malcolm X to Dick Cheney and allowing them to express their varying views in a frank and candid manner, regardless of whether or not Playboy agrees with them. They also defended placing little value on censorship and placing trust in their readers to form their own opinions.

The Harlem rapper talks about other topics in the interview like defending her reasoning for why she makes everything about race:

Y’all motherfuckers still owe me reparations? [Laughs] That’s why it’s still about race. really, the generational effects of Jim Crow and poverty linger on…My little white fans will be like, “Why do you want reparations for work you didn’t do?” Well, you got handed down your grandfather’s estate and you got your grandmother’s diamonds and pearls and shit.

Her desire to emulate Jay-Z’s career and dissing Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West in the same breath:

Jay-Z. That’s the only person I have my eyes set on. The race thing always comes up, but I want to get there being very black and proud and boisterous about it. You get what I mean? A lot of times when you’re a black woman and you’re proud, that’s why people don’t like you. In American society, the game is to be a nonthreatening black person. That’s why you have Pharrell or Kendrick Lamar saying “How we expect people to respect us if we don’t respect ourselves?” He’s playing that nonthreatening black man shit, and that gets all the white soccer moms going. “We love him.” Even Kanye West plays a little bit of that game-“Please accept me, white world”. Jay-Z hasn’t played any of those games

 

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