On Friday, controversial rapper Azealia Banks took a pretty bizarre break from her bike ride in order to film a Facebook Live video defending her decision to bleach her skin. Rationalizing that skin bleaching is just another form of "assimilation", Banks then cynically and somewhat confusingly declared that it is no longer "important to discuss the cultural significance of skin bleaching. You guys loved it.
As a black artist who has lived with the consequences of colourism for much of her life and career, Banks has been frequently vocal on social media how being a darker skinned woman has affected her. This week, the year-old hit back at the criticism with a minute rant on Facebook, declaring that skin bleaching is not any different from hair extensions or cosmetic surgery. All of you women on this post are wearing weaves but that would never lead me to assume that you hated yourself or hate your own hair.
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By Lucy Mapstone for MailOnline. Azealia Banks has defended bleaching her skin. Scroll down for video. Filming herself for a Facebook Live - entitled 'Skin lightening' - she began: 'I don't think it's important to discuss the cultural significance of skin bleaching anymore. There are things you accept.
I've never liked rapper Azealia Banks. I can't relate to much of her music, her social-media hissy fits are annoying, and her political views are saddening. But while I can't agree with most of her thought processes, I've always respected her courage to speak up on issues that affect women of color. But, now my heart has changed. The year-old's latest social-media rant drew comparisons to colorism that were off-putting and struck a nerve within my core. Over the weekend, Banks posted a minute video on Facebook where she described skin lightening as akin to undergoing cosmetic surgery and wearing weaves.