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Sarah Palin fired back at rapper Azealia Banks, who called for the Republican politician to be gang raped by a group of black men, but instead of fighting fire with fire, Palin offered the controversial artist a little advice.
Palin said she plans to sue Banks over the hate-filled comment, so it may be legal advice that the rapper really needs.
Banks said on social media Monday that Palin “needs” to let the “biggest burliest blackest negroes … run a train on her.” She eventually deleted the series of tweets, which were apparently made in response to a comment Palin allegedly said about slavery.
“Hey Female Rapper – listen up, little darling,” Palin replied Tuesday on Facebook. “No one has any idea what you’re wigging out about in these bizarre, violent rants against me, but you’re obviously not exercising enough intelligence to acknowledge you’ve been sucked into believing some fake interview in which I supposedly offered comments representing the antithesis of my truth.”
And just when readers might be bracing themselves for a counter-blow befitting a “mama grizzly,” Palin went the opposite direction.
“In this life, you’re blessed to have been given an influential platform,” she continued. “So have I. Why don’t we strengthen both our platforms and work together on something worthwhile – like condemning racism, along with empowering young women to defend themselves against a most misogynist, degrading, devastating assault perpetrated by evil men – rape.”
Palin then suggested the one response that may actually give recording artists a reason to rethink such crass behavior.
“And now I’ll go through my young daughter’s playlist to make sure there hasn’t been any inadvertent addition of any anti-woman, pro-rape garbage that you seem to endorse, which perpetuates the cultural challenges we face in America,” Palin concluded. “I encourage other parents to do the same.”
“God bless you Ms. Banks, as you consider a change of heart.”
Palin later told People Magazine that she will take legal action against Banks “on behalf of all reasonable women of every age, race and political leaning.”
“I’ve had enough of the unanswered threats and attacks against my family and me,” Palin said. “So, for the first time I’m going to enjoy the only retribution some protected ‘celebrities’ seem to understand – I’m suing Azealia Banks and can’t wait to share my winnings with others who have gone defenseless against lies and dangerous attacks far too long.”
Whether the threat of legal action prompted her or not, Banks eventually issued a response … and an apology.
“I actually, really like you,” Banks wrote. “While many other American people may see you as someone to be ridiculed, I truly believe that you possess a certain ‘je ne sais quoi.'”
She then compared herself to Palin, who she said was “very charismatic and misunderstood.”
“The misunderstood bit oftentimes reminds me of myself,” the statement said. “You’re very passionate about the things you believe in, super determined, and most certainly aware of who you are and where you stand in this world, as a parent, as a politician, but most importantly, as a woman.”
The rapper then apologized, adding that her original remark was a reference to group sex, not rape.
“I sincerely apologize for any emotional distress or reputational scarring [I] may have caused you,” she said. “In my honest defense, [I] was completely kidding. I happen to have a really crass, New-York-City sense of humor, and regularly make silly jokes in attempts make light of situations which make me uncomfortable.”
“All in All, Woman to Woman, I hope you will accept my sincerest apology,” she concluded.
In a likely attempt to maintain her street cred, the rapper oddly took a few pot shots at Palin postscript:
-I am an EXTREMELY intelligent woman, Mrs. Palin.
-“Hey Female Rapper,” was your way to euphemize what you REALLY wanted to say. What you wanted to say was, “Hey little Stereotypical Black, Thing!”
-Realize that stereotypes are a product of what I like to call the “Critical White Gaze.” The basic fundamentals of the Critical White Gaze are Fear, Ignorance, Curiosity, and Fetishization.
-Intelligence is not something which can be quantified in 140 Characters.
-Twitter is not real, neither is your opinion of me!
-If Bristol Palin listened to my music she probably wouldn’t have all those cotdamn kids!!!! ;-P #sis #iud #stayinschool #causeitsthebest
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