Azealia Banks found herself the center of controversy (again) over the weekend after she criticized Frank Ocean for launching a queer club night entitled PrEP+.
Singer and rapper Ocean launched the club at short notice last Thursday in New York City. Announcing news of the event, GayLetter said: “The night is named PrEP+ as an homage to what could have been of the 1980s’ NYC club scene if the drug PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) – which can be taken daily to prevent HIV/AIDs for those who are not infected but are at high risk – had been invented in that era.”
Related: Frank Ocean kicks off his own queer club night: PrEP+
In an Instagram story, Azealia Banks took exception to the name and voiced criticisms of the medication – which is taken by users to prevent them from acquiring HIV. She questioned the drug’s potential side effects and people allowing others to cum inside them.
Azealia Banks has made some points AGAIN! Gays stay off that prep shit because the white media is plotting on y’all & you’re making it too damn easy for them pic.twitter.com/nN47VTiPGY
— ?????? (@lavishxjustin) October 19, 2019
“There’s no reason you need to have a fucking pill so you can just fuck whoever you wanna fuck,” she said.
“The boys are still getting HIV. The girls are getting fucking renal failure. They’re getting liver fucking failure, they’re getting anal warts, they’re getting anal cancer, OK? That’s a fucking death trap.”
“And for that dumbass n*gga Frank Ocean to sit up there and fucking promote that to y’all gays like that’s something that y’all need? It’s evil. And he’s probably getting paid.
“Y’all stay off that fucking PrEP.”
She suggested that anyone taking PrEP may have a “sex addiction” and should seek help from a psychiatrist, before imploring people not to allow “everybody” to cum inside them and, “be responsible!”
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One of those to criticize Banks’ comments was Olly Alexander of the band Years and Years. Alexander is currently filming a Russell T Davies drama set in London in the 1980s, exploring the impact of AIDS on the gay community.
Pls don’t listen to azealia banks talk about prep if you want some information i highly recommend @TeamPrepster and this page here https://t.co/yeWE7c4O2r
— olly ? (@alexander_olly) October 19, 2019
“Pls don’t listen to Azealia banks talk about prep if you want some information I highly recommend @TeamPrepster and this page here https://prepster.info/prep-faqs/,” said the gay singer on Twitter.
“We absolutely won’t be listening to any mis-information or shaming of people taking prep!
“There are lots of reasons why somebody might choose to take prep. we want people to have access to health care and to feel empowered to make the choices right for them.
“This issue is extremely complex and touches on our collective history as queer people and our relationship to HIV.
“I ask for people to be a little thoughtful before they start labeling people on prep as – in Azealia’s case, just whores who want it raw. It’s homophobic and actually it does not concern you in the slightest.”
Frank Ocean has not responded specifically to Banks’ comments, although he posted a Tumblr post in response to some of the criticism of his club night. He started by clarifying that the event was in no way sponsored by Gilead, the manufacturer of Truvada.
Ocean went on to say he wanted to pay tribute to the 80s and 90s club scene, but also acknowledge how that scene was impacted by HIV and AIDS.
“Now in 2019, there’s a pill you can take every day that will at a better than 90% chance prevent you from contracting HIV. This pill was approved by the FDA in 2012. The pricing strategy behind it is malicious in my opinion and so it’s public perception is marred and rightfully so.
“But the fact remains that despite price being a very real barrier to this potentially life saving drug for some, the other very real barrier is awareness.
“I decided to name, what was otherwise going to be a night of lights and music inspired by an era of clubbing that I loved PrEP+ because while designing the club … I started to imagine in an era where so many lives were lost and so much promise was lost forever along with them, what would it have been like if something, anything had existed that in all probability would’ve saved thousands and thousands of lives.”
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Banks, who is bisexual, is no stranger to controversy. The “212” singer has previously blasted drag culture and RuPaul, and called Perez Hilton and Zayn Malik “faggots.”
At the time, she defended her use of the word “faggot” by saying she believed it similar to gay men using the word “bitch’ to refer to women, but later said she would stop using it when she realized that it was not worth the hurt it caused to people.
Banks needs to STFU. She also needs an education because everything’s she vomiting up is bullsh*t.
If gay men, or anyone else for that matter, want to take a pill so they can have lots and lots of safer sex, what’s it to you or anyone else? Y’all need to learn to MYOB.
Amen! Please see my parallels, below, to the female birth control pill.
Getting medical advice from a rapper on Twitter doesn’t seem like a good idea.
My comment had no profanity in it but yet I violated the policy. Ok, I get it. Adios everyone. I think once is enough to make an attempt to comment on a site whose articles are more or less comments pulled off of Reddit and Disqus and by the time their posted on here they are altered to sound like written articles.
Who’s Azealia Banks? Didn’t she die?
She’s buying into the uninformed notion that anyone taking PrEP isn’t also using condoms. One does not preclude the other. Men taking PrEP are just using one more tool in a growing toolbox of safe sex practices AND they’re required to get STI tests more often than most of the population.
Anyone dumb enough to listen to Azealia Banks’s medical advice is someone too dumb for me to have sex with anyway.
This dripping venereal K*NT is still alive? and still has ‘fans?’ Black homophobia in its most virulent, ignorant, and debased form.
When is AB going to speak out about the heteros having sex who even need a pill or condom to bang?
I hate to admit it but part of what she’s saying rings true. A lot of these younger gays never experienced the AIDS epidemic like some of us did. And you know there are plenty of people that thing that taking Prep means they can bareback with anyone and remain completely safe. I’m wondering how toxic these drugs will turn out to be down the road.
Probably much less than the birth control pill and those bitches are still gobbling them down and taking raw dicks ALL the time.
She’s not wrong about the warts, the cancer, the liver failure, & Frank Ocean.
She reminds me of that Jamie Fox character Wanda from in living color.
Lmfao!!! Only difference is people like Wanda.
I think Wanda had BIGGER Duck Lips although Azelia Banks has duck lips too.
What’s the chances she spraying that sh!te while on birth control? Both birth control & PrEP are preventative measures. Not 100% but certainly lowers the risks considerably! She needs to stop arguing with everyone, cos one day she’s gonna mess with the wrong millionaire!
The thing with Azealia is that there’s (sometimes) a shred of uncomfortable truth within her numerous bitter, mean-spirited rants. We don’t know the long-term affects of that pill. And there’s still a ton of STI’s out there beyond HIV. I personally thought it was beneath Ocean to promote some fantasy of debauchery that never was. Instead of focusing on educating people and helping people he’s promoting pills and bareback sex with randoms. If that’s how you want to live then that’s how you want to live. But once again, I thought promoting such a thing and profiting off such a thing was beneath him. While the dude still can’t give an interview where he freely and comfortably talks about his sense of self, his struggles, his love life. Yet, he’s opening up a bareback promoting sex club? Something’s not adding up.
What an ignorant CU_T.
She does have a few valid points but her delivery is deplorable. She seems so angry all the time. If anyone needs some psychotherapy it’s her.
Azealia Banks is just desperate for some warm glow from the media spotlight. Since her career is a joke.
Azealia needs to talk to the rose bushes; they know what to do
Heck of a lot more women take birth control pills so they can enjoy bareback sex than gay men taking Prep. I’m not condoning Prep users who are using it as a reasonably safe HIV prevention while taking on random bareback lovers, but the fact that it is cheaper alternative to treating someone with HIV, I’ll settle for the lesser of two evils. Let’s all hope it remains a safe drug in the long run. On a side note, when Covid hit, I had a fleeting moment where I thought how cool it would be if nobody on Prep contracted Covid due to it’s anti viral properties. Imagine the conundrum homophobes would have deciding if they would ask for and take a “gay person’s” drug or risk contracting Covid.
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