Rihanna, Azealia Banks Trade Barbs On Instagram Over Trump's Immigration Ban
The always-controversial Azealia Banks has used social media to show support for President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, and Barbados native Rihanna isn’t having it.
Rihanna used her Twitter account to say she was “disgusted” by the order, calling Trump an “immoral pig” for enacting an order that restricts entry to the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days. Banks said she supported the ban, and called out Rihanna by name, saying that she wasn’t a citizen and can’t vote.
“There’s absolutely no way to end this war but to finish it ourselves. It’s TERRIBLE, do I agree with it, NO, do I personally like what’s happening, NO!” Banks wrote in the caption. “But I can say that as an American who enjoys her safety and overall ability to maintain a certain level of ignorance as pertains to the world outside of our borders, I am 100% shook about open borders and would be reallllllllllllly scared for my self [sic] and my family if any parts of that war began to become real on this soil.”
Celebrities speaking out against Trump, she said, “REALLY need to shut up and sit down. Stop chastising the president.”
Disgusted! The news is devastating! America is being ruined right before our eyes! What an immoral pig you have to be to implement such BS!!
— Rihanna (@rihanna) January 29, 2017
The two continued to go back and forth, with Rihanna never mentioning Banks’ name. Rihanna posted a photo of herself with the caption, “the face you make when you a immigrant.” She added a shot at Banks for her admitted brujeria sacrifices of live chickens, saying, “#stayawayfromthechickens #iheartnuggets #saveourhens.” She also posted a photo on Instagram of someone with an American flag tied around their face, with the caption, “the face you make when you screaming in an empty room.”
Banks posted response photos and videos on Instagram, saying “Rihanna plz stop being stupid and read some books” and offering to make her chicken nuggets.
[Update: Banks has since deleted all of her posts from the interaction.]
Trump’s executive order “suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, barred Syrian refugees indefinitely, and blocked entry into the United States for 90 days for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen,” according to New York Times.
Refugees and international travelers were detained at airports on Saturday under observation of the order, prompting protests at airports around the country all weekend. A federal judge granted a stay for the people who were detained, ruled that they couldn’t immediately be deported.