Azealia Banks Calls Out Lana Del Rey For Criticizing Kanye

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And alleges that Kesha was never raped by Dr. Luke

Azealia Banks is at it again.

Last night, Kanye West posted a picture on Instagram of his infamous MAGA hat claiming that it “represents good and America becoming whole again,” while also suggesting that we abolish the 13th amendment. In response, Lana Del Rey posted a comment underneath West’s picture denouncing his support and comparing the rapper and the president’s narcissistic tendencies. When one Twitter user brought the news to Banks’ attention (for whatever reason), she was quick to weigh in.

“Wow okay Lana, this would be cute if you were consistent with your outrage and refused to collab with ASAP rocky who has physically assaulted women too,” she writes. (Rocky was charged with assault in 2013 for allegedly slapping a fan.) “To me this just looks like the typical White woman taking using a weakened target to ‘pretend’ to be an ally.” She continues to say that a white woman going up against a black male will “result in an immediate victory for the white woman due to societal circumstance,” and that she wouldn’t dare challenge a black woman. “Don’t use Kanye for your own vapid attempts to seem politically aware when there is SO MUCH MORE bootleg witchcraft you could be doing to TRY and take down 45,” she writes. “Kanye is not your enemy or THE enemy.”

Then, things took an even wilder turn. When one Twitter user pointed out that Banks worked with Dr. Luke in the past—who has been accused by Kesha of rape—she says that singer lied about being sexually assaulted because “she didn’t want to fulfill contractual obligations.” Banks says that she would never collaborate with a rapist and that she’s “tired of being expected to support white womens lies on the basis of being scared to seem like EYE have a character flaw for working with someone who is not a rapist while these white women show no support for black women.”

She continues to explain that when she was date-raped a couple of months ago, everyone thought it was a publicity stunt. She also brings up the fact that everyone gave her a hard time when she accused Russell Crowe of spitting on her. “A white woman lies and you automatically believe her but for whatever reason masculinize black women to the point that we MUST be lying when we’re MOST VULNERABLE,” she writes.

Read her many thoughts and responses, below.

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Which one, though?

Kim Kardashian is suing fast fashion retailer Missguided, claiming that the brand uses her image to spark interest in and sell its clothing. This lawsuit comes a few days after a theory, that she may be selling her own vintage clothing designs to fast fashion brands so that they can rip them off, made its rounds on the internet.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kardashian's attorney Michael Kump writes that "Missguided systematically uses the names and images of Kardashian and other celebrities to advertise and spark interest in its website and clothing." Other celebrities that the brand has tagged on its Instagram include Cardi B and Dua Lipa, along with the other members of the Kardashian-Jenner family.

Kump uses the example of the Yeezy dress that Kim posted to Instagram, which was ripped off by the brand within a couple of hours. "Recently, for example, after Kardashian posted a photo on Instagram of a dress that was made for her... Missguided quickly responded with its own Instagram post... boasting that it would be ripping off the design within 'a few days,'" Kump continues. "Missguided purposefully inserted Kardashian's Instagram username (@KimKardashian) into its post to capitalize on her celebrity status and social media following in promoting the sale of its upcoming product."

Kump also draws attention to the fact that the brand uses Kardashian's name so much that it may lead others to believe that she works with the brand, which, he wants to make clear, she does not: "Missguided's U.S. website has included entire pages that are devoted solely to the sale of clothing inspired by Kardashian, and on which Kardashian's name and likeness are prominently used without her permission to promote the products."

Some are noting that it's suspicious that Kardashian is not suing Fashion Nova, as well, since the brand most recently ripped off a vintage Mugler gown that Kardashian wore. Though it may be harder for Kardashian to make any claims since timestamps have revealed that the dress was made before Kardashian premiered the dress.



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He previously claimed to be a victim of a hate crime

According to reports, actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested by the Chicago Police Department. As CNN outlines, he's facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report. If found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.

The Empire star previously claimed that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime on January 29. He alleged that two masked men attacked him, tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and yelled, "This is MAGA country!" Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo were eventually arrested and brought in for questioning, during which news broke that one appeared on Empire and the other worked as Smollett's personal trainer. Now, according to both men and reports, it's being said that Smollett paid them to "orchestrate" the attack.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, have issued a statement regarding their client's defense. "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," they told Deadline. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

If this is all true, this unfortunate turn of events should in no way take away from the fact that there is an abundant number of racially and sexually motivated attacks happening all of the time. They also still remain vastly underreported, so it's essential to listen to alleged victims, always.