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Digging up a cat and celebrity feuds: The peculiar place that is Azealia Banks' Instagram

From instances of homophobic comments, celebrity feuds, occult interests and sacrificing chickens, it's been a long time since Azealia Banks' name was trending for her music.

Digging up a cat and celebrity feuds: The peculiar place that is Azealia Banks' Instagram

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Azealia Banks performs on stage at Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park on July 5, 2014 in London, United Kingdom.

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From examples of homophobic comments, celebrity feuds with Elon Musk, Doja Cat, and Nicki Minaj to occult interests and sacrificing chickens, it's been a long time since Azealia Banks' name was trending primarily for her music. Unfortunately, when people found out about her latest antics, it will add to the list of increased notoriety (or infamy) of the Harlem based rapper, it left many in complete and utter shock.


The "212" rapper, who has been well-known in recent years because of her attitude towards other celebrities, and her interest in occult practices, posted a disturbing video on Tuesday to her Instagram Story. Banks appeared to dig up her deceased cat Lucifer, and boiled the corpse in an attempt to bring it back to life via an occult ritual.

In no way am I making fun of someone's religion or cultural beliefs, but I feel that posting things of this nature on public platforms is a bit unnerving. I'm almost convinced she's never seen Pet Sematary, or she would understand why this isn't the best idea (no need to worry, I will not include the video within this article).

Moreover, moving past my poor attempt at a joke, the video was immediately deleted. We all know even though something is deleted, it's never entirely gone. We can usually find it floating around the abyss of the world wide web.

Of course, initial reactions from the viewers were filled with fright and disbelief. A little while after, people started to make light of the situation. On Twitter, people went as far as making crude jokes about the situation, through memes of cats looking confused and screenshots of the 2019 screen adaptation of Cats.

Despite being recognized in the pop-culture world for her breakout single "212," and releasing other projects over the years, she is now associated with her concerning behavior, social media posts, and frustration- inducing moments that is a shame. I actually believe Azealia to be a talented musician, but her disposition prevents people from understanding and remaining interested in her work.

Until that is changed, this cycle of behaviors exuded by Azealia will prevent people from giving her the respect that she feels she deserves in situations.

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