Azealia Banks Posted A Video Where She Digs Up And ‘Cooks’ Her Dead Cat
Azealia Banks has posted and subsequently deleted a graphic Instagram where she exhumes her dead cat from her backyard and ‘cooks’ it in a black stew, as a way to preserve its bones.
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The rapper posted a set of three videos to her Instagram grid on Tuesday in which she could be seen digging up a bag with her cat Lucifer’s remains in it while singing. In the third video, the cat’s bones and skull float through a bubbling black stew on a stovetop, as Azealia stirs with a wooden spoon.
“Lucifer 2009-2020,” she wrote in the caption. “My dear kitty. Thank you for everything. A legend. An icon. Forever a serval serve.”
While the post’s since been deleted, you can watch it via screengrab below. Be warned, it’s graphic.
Bro somebody needs to get azealia banks some help. She dug up her dead cat and cooked it pic.twitter.com/LVwyI7chJw
— Onlyfan Dan😈 (@205fatboy) January 12, 2021
Instantly, reaction was one of horror, as viewers wondered whether she was cooking her cat to eat it — before long, her name was trending on Twitter.
Others questioned whether this was part of a ritual, as Banks previously made headlines in 2016 for a post showing a bloodied closet where she claimed to have performed sacrifices for three years.
“Real witches do real things”, she said in the 2017 video, before sanding down the floor which was adorned with bloodied chicken feathers. She’s regularly posted about practicing witchcraft since.
In a follow-up on her Instagram stories, Banks filmed her cat’s skull in a basket next to Chanel No. 5, a bottle of Veuve, a crucifix and various other items, stating that she was ready for her move from Los Angeles to Miami.
With this context, it can be assumed she was preserving her cat’s remains to be able to transport it across the US, rather than abandon it in her backyard.
Still, users were pretty shocked by the original video: naturally, they began making jokes.
People after unstanning Azealia Banks today: pic.twitter.com/3xsAZb9923
— Nico (@FeelTheGL0W) January 12, 2021
Azealia Banks did what now pic.twitter.com/K7KBEBjt4x
— DENOMINATOR (@teenagazy) January 12, 2021
Azealia’s cat when the soup starts boiling pic.twitter.com/XeeItWQ9bg
— Rose Dommu (@rosedommu) January 12, 2021
Azealia saw Grimes was enjoying covid and said time for a spell.
— Joel Kim Booster (@ihatejoelkim) January 12, 2021
When I remember I am a free agent with the ability to choose not to engage with Azealia Banks' behaviour when I do not wish to pic.twitter.com/0oeXQwWEsh
— Sean Bernard (@seanbgoneill) January 12, 2021
Me opening Twitter. Oh Azealia 😟 I should've never investigated pic.twitter.com/rsuSy4zgqJ
— Tired Nick (@MIXEDMANDIME) January 12, 2021
Me to me after I was dumb enough to check why Azealia Banks is trending pic.twitter.com/gcwkSaqJDd
— ⓣ ⓚ (@K_7_T7) January 12, 2021
Others went to defend Banks, saying that preserving an animal’s body isn’t necessarily that bizarre, even if the DIY approach/posting it online could be.
In 2017, Banks responded to vegan Sia calling her sacrifices ‘wack’ by asking her to have some respect for her ‘traditional African religion’.
Y’all gonna act like white folks don’t kill animals for sport, stuff them and then use their carcasses for decor? Like other cultures don’t do things like this or things considered “weird” all the time? Big colonizer energy radiating off of this!!!!!
— Phillip (@MajorPhilebrity) January 12, 2021
Banks is, of course, no stranger to controversy.
In the past year, she has repeatedly made transphobic comments, called Kesha’s sexual assault allegations against Banks’ collaborator Dr. Luke a lie, and, on a lighter note, has recently posted about how she is never sleeping in a bed again, after finding the floor more comfortable.
A few days ago, Banks released ‘Six Flags’ featuring Slim Dollars. Listen below.