What started off as an engagement announcement for rapper Azealia Banks quickly turned ugly as the controversial singer went on a transphobic rant after a fan told her she needed to convert to Judaism — and not just get engaged to a Jewish man — in order to become Jewish.
Banks posted her engagement announcement to artist Ryder Ripps via Instagram. “I said yes!!!” she captioned the image. “@ryder_ripps and I are engaged!!!”
In the caption, she told her followers: “I just got engaged kunts. I’m crying 😭.... I’m Jewish now. MAZEL TOV BI**HES! WE IN HERE.... YERRRRRRR.”
Many of her followers were quick to shower the “212” rapper with praise, but some were quick to point out that in Judaism, you can’t convert through marriage, rather there is a process for converting to the religion.
“Getting engaged with a Menorah ring doesn’t make you Jewish,” one user wrote. “Judaism is an ethnic religion. You can convert, but it takes a lot of effort, commitment, and work to do the conversion process.”
Another user chimed in, saying: “If you haven’t gone through the process to actually convert u have no right to wear that ring. Wearing a ring, making traditional food, and marrying a Jewish man does NOT make you Jewish. Only conversion does.” Banks responded, saying, “Sounds like someone’s jealous.”
One comment that set the rapper off was when someone questioned, “Idk how no one mentions how disrespectful this is here in the comments,” adding: “My religion is not your jewelry.”
Banks responded by dragging in the transgender community and using derogatory remarks to explain her comments. “Well I try to tell the transgirls that getting castrated doesn’t automatically make them a female but if society can do mental gymnastics to lie and tell them that an eggless person who still produces semen is a woman and let them rock, you are all going bend the rules to accept this newly black Jewish c**chie,” she wrote. “I’m Jewish now… you can’t stop me.”
Spewing what many deemed to be more hateful rhetoric, Banks added, “Because why can you chop ur c*ck and say ur a girl but I can’t catch the Jewish nut and be Jewish? Stop trying to exclude black people from everything.”
In another statement, Banks said trans women were “just hot gay boys with beat faces and plastic surgery,” adding that “I live for the trans girls but the trans s**t is really a non issue. Just gay boys on hormones using male aggression to force their ways into women’s spaces.”
Following her inflammatory remarks, several users took to social media to blast Banks for her transphobic comments. “Azealia Banks please take a month off,” one user wrote, while another said, “No one is saying she can’t/won’t be Jewish! There’s just no reason to bring up trans people in an offensive and unproductive manner when people point out there’s a process to becoming Jewish.”
Banks is known for controversy. In January, the artist was trending on Twitter after she appeared to have dug up the remains of her dead cat and boiled them. The video was originally posted on Instagram but has since been deleted.