The “212” singer courted controversy on Wednesday (May 11) when she took aim at the former One Direction star’s Pakistani heritage during a vicious Twitter tirade against him, in which she claimed he stole her “Yung Rapunxel” video concept for his promo “Like I Would.”
She then launched into a separate rant about the quality of rap music in the U.K, writing: “The UK really can’t rap though. UK RAP is just a disgrace to rap culture in general… Rap/Hip-Hop culture is AMERICAN in its PUREST form (sic)… UK rappers NEVER have swag. It’s ALWAYS FORCED.”
When Azealia’s fans warned her to cancel her set at Rinse FM’s Born & Bred Festival in Hackney, East London for her own safety after the music criticism, she hinted she would be bringing a gun with her for protection, by writing, “Girl, I have armed security ! I’m an American girl! I exercise my 2nd amendment rights EVERYWHERE I go!!”
The Second Amendment refers to the right of people to keep and bear arms.
Hours later, organizers of the festival announced on Twitter they had decided to cancel the rapper’s appearance. They wrote, “Rinse/Born & Bred Festival is a celebration of rave culture and have been created for EVERYONE. We celebrate inclusivity and equality.”
Azealia, 24, didn’t seem fazed by the cancellation and retweeted the announcement, adding, “Most of the people coming to this on my day were only coming for me,” following by a crying with laughter emjoi and U.S. flag emoji. “To all of my Darling UK fans who bought tickets to see me at the Rinse FM show. My sincerest apologies!!!!!.. But you know Mama Puma always goes in for the Kill. And NEVER backs down.”
However, that didn’t stop her arguing with users on Twitter about U.S. vs. U.K. music, writing responses such as, “Which is why a U.S. rapper has been asked to headline ur grimey grime festival? Haha, enjoy the rain! (sic)”
Festival organizers are currently trying to find a replacement headliner.