Rapper Goes Ballistic On Delta, Punches Passenger, Calls Flight Attendant F*ggot

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Rapper Azealia Banks was flying from New York to Los Angeles on Delta late last night, when she was apparently displeased by the speed at which a French couple in front of her were disembarking. Per TMZ:

A passenger sitting next to Banks tells TMZ, when the Delta flight landed just before 1:00 AM Tuesday, Azealia made a beeline for the front door. She had been sitting in seat 6A but a French couple in the 3rd row was blocking her exit as they pulled their luggage from the overhead bin.

The eyewitness says Azealia tried to squeeze by the couple when the French man put his hand out. Azealia, we’re told, went nuts. The eyewitness says she spit in the man’s face, punched him in the face and clawed at his shirt.

At that point we’re told the flight attendant grabbed Azealia’s bag and told her to calm down. She lost her balance, fell to the seat, stood up and then a tug-of-war over the luggage ensued. This is where the video begins.

Here’s the video, in which she calls the flight attendant a “f*cking f*aggot:”

Real classy!

Apparently the French couple decided not to press charges, since they were on holiday and didn’t want the hassle:

Police caught up with Azealia at baggage claim and spoke with witnesses as well, but the French couple decided not to press charges because they were here on holiday and didn’t want the hassle.


  1. Uh.. Who?!? Is she supposed to be famous? A rapper? This is just More evidence of the “I am more important than you” generation. All she had to do is ask politely if she coud get by. No patience, no courtesy, no decorum… I am surprised that she didn’t pull the DYKWIA card. (Of course I would not have known who the heck she was.)

  2. Clearly, she was aggravated. We don’t know what exactly happened before the video begins.

    While there’s no justification for her use of such hateful profanity, she does say that the guy put his hand in her face, which is extremely rude. Maybe he was indeed extremely slow, in which case he could’ve moved over and let her pass instead of giving her the hand-to-face treatment.

  3. From her interview in Playboy magazine in April 2015:

    “Do you want to leave the U.S.?” asked her interviewer, Rob Tannenbaum.

    Azealia Banks: “Yes! I hate everything about this country,” she replied. “Like, I hate fat white Americans. All the people who are crunched into the middle of America, the real fat and meat of America, are these racist conservative white people who live on their farms. Those little teenage girls who work at Kmart and have a racist grandma—that’s really America.”

    And we are surprised at her crude behavior and hateful comments? Pretty obvious who the bigot is here.

  4. @Arun So your saying putting your hand up to try and stop somebody trying to run you over is rude. Yet the act of running someone over is perfectly normal behavior?

  5. She needs a stern letter from Delta Employees’ union that says “Language and behavior like this will not be tolerated. Should you act up again like this you will be banned for LIFE on Delta Airlines.”

    Thanks and good riddens.
    #Hate speech backlash.

  6. @Bob D – No, I’m not justifying her actions. What I am saying is that she was aggravated and people do things they are likely to regret later when aggravated. Also, from what she says in the video, it seems like it was that “talk-to-the-hand” gesture that she was served, not a polite “Please-give-me-a-minute-while-I-disembark” one. Again, we don’t know – that part of the incident is not captured on video.

    Nonetheless, I applaud you for at least engaging in a civil discussion about this, rather than some of the other downright racist remarks from others here such as “A guetto girl in first class” and “black”. To the latter ones, just remember – Will Smith and Oprah are also black and I doubt a Delta flight is their first choice when they travel (I’ll let you figure out how they fly).

  7. Authoritative source Wikipedia says she identifies as bisexual. So she isn’t homophobic, she just doesn’t like people who only shag with one gender.

  8. Both the French man and the rapper have a sense of entitlement. They think that they should receive special privileges, yet aren’t willing to grant them to others

  9. Hey Arun, are you purposely being blind or do you truly have unlimited “tolerance” of anti-social behavior? Did you read this pos racist quotes in Playboy? She deserves no decorum or cover.
    Fat White American

  10. A few months ago, our plane from Iceland was arriving late and we had a very tight connection to make. The couple in front of us was talking about making frozen pizza when they got home in 25 minutes (no onward travel). I wanted to squeeze by them so bad…but I didn’t because they are ahead of me. Those are the rules unless express permission otherwise.

  11. Too bad we don’t know what happened before the video started and all we have is what the unidentified passenger is claiming. But in the video the French couple is nowhere to be seen. They have already exited the airplane. And Azealia is pleading with the FA for the first 15 seconds of the video to give her bag to her. If the FA wanted Azealia to calm down, he should have given her the bag when she first asked for it. The pilot does not attempt to detain Azealia and lets her disembark without an argument or a struggle.

    I might have gotten a little miffed if I needed to get off quickly and a pompous French couple was taking their time and then gave me the halt sign by putting a hand in my face. But most readers had their minds made up about who was at fault when they read that a rapper was involved. Ben’s headline also assumes the veracity of the TMZ report. I wasn’t there, but I’m sure the FA, the French couple, and Azealia all could have handled this better.

  12. Sorry John. If it walks like a ghetto girl and talks like a ghetto girl, it’s a ghetto girl. Don’t want to be called ghetto? Don’t act ghetto.

  13. @RoloT – Neither blind nor do I have unlimited “tolerance” of anti-social behavior. I’m just not quick to believe everything I read or am told. While you criticize her anti-social behavior, you don’t seem to take issue with any of the scathing racist remarks in some of these comments. While there’s no justification for her choice of words (seen or alleged), the same goes for the “scholars” on here that want to call her a ‘nigger’. “Fat white Americans” aren’t the only ones with feelings.

    @john – well said.

  14. @Mark If you read my comment with an unbiased mind, you would have seen that I think all of the parties acted inappropriately. You, however, jump to false conclusions. Btw, you can use the n word online if you like. I wouldn’t recommend you try that face to face.

  15. How did the French people act wrongly? By holding up their hand to stop someone from pushing by? Too French for you? They must be snobs?
    I’m sorry you didn’t understand the point of my “[email protected]&er” post. I guess I shouldn’t assume any level basic intelligence when posting. But I like the reference to violence that you make. Sort of demonstrates a point.

  16. Holy f*ck!!! I’m actually ill from how disgusting some of you commenters are with your tasteless, classless, ignorant racism. Ugh!

  17. @Mark you have no idea how the French couple acted or what Azealia did before the video started. Right? Qui qui. You choose to assume the hearsay TMZ report is accurate. You seem to really like using the n word; so I’m glad you understand just what a bad idea it is to let it slip in person. I hope I have saved you from being on a TMZ video someday.

  18. Well said, John and Arun. We don’t know what happened but it seems safe to assume that all could have acted differently including Banks, the other passenger, and the flight attendant. And Banks using the f word is just as unacceptable as a lot of the comments on this thread. In fact, a little comment moderation on this site wouldn’t hurt.

  19. @Mark. How sad that you are such a hateful person. You probably cannot stomach the gays either!! Yes, get out the hate while you can online, but one day you will slip in public… and the right person will be there to greet you and yours! You are disgusting and vile!

  20. @ John. And you can use the F word online and I would not recommend you try that face to face because I’m going to get that would kick your ass

  21. @Rric, For the record, please tell us when I used the f word at all. I have many other words I’d use for you. Good grief.

  22. Oh john and jordan, how ignorance must be bliss.
    My mother’s parents were Swiss Jewish and Swedish. My father’s parents were black (from the American south) and Japanese. And I happen to be gay.
    So I’m a kike, a nigger, a Jap, AND a faggot all rolled in to one person. Apparently the only safe part of my background is the Swedish part – perhaps I am part meatball.
    The point of my “nigger” post was that there is an ugly name that almost anyone can be called, and it’s always disturbing to see someone who is from a group that faces a lot of discrimination using ugly, discriminating language towards others.
    But it seems your own level of sensitivity prevented you from any interpretation than that I must be a racist and, apparently a homophobe.

    And john, of course I don’t know what the French couple did. Neither do you – although you made the point (I think it was you) that all parties involved behaved improperly. But we don’t know that, do we? And you did sound a bit snide with your reference to the French. And you did hint at a violent response to a black person being offended, which does propel a certain stereotype, yes?

  23. Ben,
    You should be ashamed of yourself for not putting a stop to some of the vile comments that your readers are spewing. Many of the comments are a direct reflection of the racism that is so prevalent in this society…guess you are ok with that. Shame!

  24. Ben,
    This isn’t the first comments thread I’ve seen with insulting or ugly remarks. Is this what you want the dialogue on your site to be like? If not, how about some comment moderation, or at least post guidelines about civility.

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