Cardi B and Azealia Banks have been arguing on social media over the last 24 hours, going back and forth following comments Banks made in her Breakfast Club interview where she suggested Cardi was a caricature of a black woman.
In her initial response, Cardi pointed out what she felt were contradictions in Azealia’s criticisms, and also defended the way she speaks. She’s continued to respond to Banks in a lengthy post which she put on Instagram Saturday, shortly before deactivating her account.
“The difference between me and you, I’ve never pretended to be or represent someone I’m not!” she wrote.
“I’ve made it where I am for being myself and staying true to that… I know who I am! A daughter of a Hispanic father and a Carribean mother and I’m proud of that!
I’ve never dismissed my heritage or my culture, I’ve never pretended to sound like anyone or look like anyone for attention or to make me feel better about who I’m not!”
Cardi went on to defend herself over Azealia’s claims that she’s “illiterate,” pointing out that she’s fluent in two languages.
“Just because I mix a few words up forget to use commas or misspell a few words doesn’t make me illiterate and doesn’t make me stupid.
“And because I laugh a little harder or talk a little louder doesn’t make me a caricature!”
Following the statement, Cardi deactivated her Instagram. She then tweeted:
“I’m tired of the bullshit .I need to enjoy my pregnancy,family ,new projects and my partner. Listen to Invasion of privacy.” She has also set her Twitter account to private.
Read the full statement below:
Azealia responded with…
Belcalis …… sis, give it up. You have a fever and are leaking breast milk everywhere trying to come up with a refutable comeback.
Sis spent 12 hours proofreading a message while still COMPLETELY missing the point. You and whoever wrote this reply for you don’t have the intelligence to engage in this not-so-complex discussion.
I spoke about it for all of two minutes in an interview and you respond by calling me unattractive .. mentioning my bleaching my skin and telling me to “suck your ass”. Immediately proving yourself to be exactly who I thought you were.. A bird.
Sis.. let us not forget that you look like a big toe with a Hammernail without all of that contour on your face. You are a very mediocre looking light-skin woman with cold sore scars on the sides of her mouth, a coated tongue you love to wag around and horribly deep set eyes.
For your information… I bleached my skin due to a severe breakout I had from a depo-provera shot. Some Dark skin women have problems with hyper-pigmentation and it can take years for our scars to fade.
Once Again.. you missed the point. The color of my skin has absolutely nothing to do w/ this greater discussion surrounding black women’s culture and our representation in the media.
From what I know, you have always identified as a Latina. You’ve only recently began to identify as black once you became a part of hip-hop and felt pressured to represent the women you so often called burnt, bald-headed roaches.
Even so, it’s clear that you are having a problem with this new found proximity to blackness as evidenced by your propensity to turn any and all attempts to engage you in these important cultural discussions into faux-sympathetic cry baby rants about how you’re just a dumb bitch from the hood who never asked to be a role model.
Reverse psychology will not work here.
As a Black Woman in hiphop it is IMPERATIVE that you use your (new found) Black Womanhood responsibly.
Saying things to Rolling Stone like “I don’t even use condoms,” when HIV remains a threat to the many minority girls who patronize your music is IRRESPONSIBLE. I suggest you leave these types of cultural conversations alone for now. You don’t have the range.