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The cover of the April issue of Playboy Magazine boasts, “The Interview: Dick Cheney – A Fiery Discussion with The Most Powerful Vice President in History” and a photograph of a black woman with purple hair wearing a leopard print leotard and red boots. The blurb on the cover promises, “Hip-Hop’s Fierce Queen is Ready to Roar!”

The “Fierce Queen” is rapper Azealia Banks, sometimes known as “Miss Bank$” who has gained more of a reputation for her angry, racially charged interviews and feuds with other entertainers than for her singing.

The 23-year-old Harlem native made the cover and centerfold of the “men’s lifestyle” magazine, but it has not been her looks or figure that have attracted attention.

Instead, it was Banks’ vitriolic diatribe against white people, farmers, teenaged girls who work at K-Mart, their grandmas and the United States in general that made headlines.

Banks, who has yet to crack the top tier of rappers, makes no secret of her feelings about the country that has made her rich and famous, saying, “I hate everything about this country," apparently oblivious to the irony of her claim.

“I hate fat white Americans. The real fat and meat of America are these racist conservative white people who live on their farms. Those little teenage girls who work at Kmart and have a racist grandma.”

Interviews with the rapper are rarely free of expletives and profanities presenting challenges for editors in publications like The Independent, Pop Sugar and even Playboy.

Her twitter comments have often been incendiary, tweeting that descendants of slave-trading families should have their houses burned and advocating that “white men all need to be locked away in a psych ward.”

Banks has famously feuded with other musicians, including the New Zealand singing phenomenon and Grammy winner, Lorde, who is white and Pharrell, whose international hit single, “Happy” from the soundtrack of “Despicable Me 2” has sold 12 million copies and is one of the best-selling singles of all time.

Her unabashedly racially biased statements  have prompted backlash on social media, as well as from many Playboy subscribers, including one who wrote to the comments section of the publication offering to buy a ticket for Ms. Banks to leave the country she “hates.

 

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