Azealia Banks is known for her controversial statements, but she has recently gained even more attention because she began bleaching her skin.

This week, she live streamed a video on Facebook to defend her choice.

“Just as black people in this world, you assimilate, and there are things you accept, not just out of necessity but things become norm because they just happen all the time,” Banks said.

“Nobody was upset when I was wearing 30-inch weaves and tearing out my edges and doing all that type of s–t like that. You guys loved it, but what is the difference?” she said, comparing the process of skin bleaching to other body modifications – like hair extensions and cosmetic surgery.

“To say [skin-bleaching] negates anything I’ve said about the current situation of blackness in America is ignorant and stupid,” she said. “What do body modifications have to do with somebody’s level of intellect?”

The full live stream video has since been removed.

 

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