On Monday, Azealia Banks posted a photo on Instagram of herself with white makeup on and captioned it “whiteface.” Immediately after posting the photo, the backlash began. Some of Banks followers criticized the artist for the “whiteface” photo and were offended.

But, Banks didn’t do whiteface. She was actually getting ‘ice princess’ makeup applied for her upcoming “Ice Princess” video.

Azealia took to Twitter to explain the whole incident and drop a lesson on ‘Misogynoir‘:

“Misogynoir” is a portmanteau term coined by queer black feminist scholar Moya Bailey. Misogynoir refers to anti-black misogyny, where race and gender together are factors in the hatred of black women. Bailey created the term to address misogyny directed toward black women in American visual and popular culture. The concept is grounded in the theory of intersectionality which analyzes how various social identities such as race, gender, class, and sexual orientation interrelate in systems of oppression.

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  • BillipPhailey


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    No, azealia. Yours and snoops whitefaces were unfunny. Who’s “yall”? I guarantee you can find hundreds of comments that didn’t think his whiteface was hilarious. Stop using misogynoir as an excuse for your poorly executed attempts at humor

  • Azealia Banks is known for controversy. I respect her unique, excellent lyricism. I
    respect her words on TI and Iggy Azalea too. If she wanted the Ice Princess character to be in her video, she can use other images and even use unique, digital images in her video. I understand both sides of this issue, but I don’t agree with her use of the N word all of the time. The N word is so despicable and so reprehensible, that my conscience won’t allow me to use that word. I don’t even say the C word either now. Also, tons of people have criticized Snoop Dogg for his whiteface including black conscious individuals. That image that she used reminds many Brothers and Sisters of the whiteface used by many historically. Misogynoir is evil, but legitimate critique is not misoygnoir. People don’t have to agree with the usage of that makeup and that doesn’t make them necessarily pro-misogynoir. Just because she is right on some issues doesn’t mean that I will agree with her on every issue. I have no ill will towards her and we all wish the best for her. At the end of the day, regardless of the whiteface issue, blackness is always beautiful.


    More famous for her twitter rants than her actual music. Smh.

  • paige

    She is rough and unpolished in her twitter rants but I love the direct take-no-prisoners attitude she exudes. She is smarter than people give her credit for and fearless in the way she is combative. I’m a fan of anyone who fucks with the establishment as much as she does with seemingly no cares about the consequences. Is it smart? Probably not, but I dig the realness. And her album was pretty damn good actually.