Ever controversial music creative Azealia Banks took to Instagram stories yesterday (December 30, 2020) where she let it be known she was on a mission to clean out her closet. It’s a task that normally would be viewed as mundane, however, the specific mess she was cleaning was accumulated blood and feathers from chicken sacrifices related to her status as a witch and her practice of Brujería (witchcraft in English) over the past three years.
It goes without saying if the leftovers from anything are at the point they need a sandblaster to remove, that’s unsanitary. Additionally, if she’s living in an apartment, it’s possible that the people living below her were subject to not just the smell, but blood seeping through the floor, which is terrible.
Worse yet, there are people who will conflate Bank’s poor cleaning habits with the practice of African-rooted religions like Santeria, which often come under attack simply because they are viewed as bad at their root by some because practices depart from those of the world’s major religions.
As such, Banks’ feather and blood-filled closet provides an in for critics to point fingers and support arguments that such religions are inherently problematic.
Disgusted by the murder of the chickens, music creative SIA weighed in on Twitter where she wrote, “Sacrificing animals for your gain is the wackest shit I’ve ever heard. Get ahead by being awesome, kind and working hard.”
Sacrificing animals for your gain is the wackest shit I’ve ever heard. Get ahead by being awesome, kind and working hard.
— sia (@Sia) December 30, 2016
Criticizing Banks solely for killing chickens seemed like a strange point of attack, especially since animals are killed by the millions for human consumption every day and Banks wasting no time pointing out the hypocrisy. In a since-deleted Instagram comment wrote in part, “Don’t you ever in your pompous white life ever fix your stupid chapped face to say anything sideways about my religious beliefs or practices. This is your first warning.”
Jumping into the fray, The Church of Satan wrote on Twitter, “We would like to clarify for the record that sacrifice, animal or otherwise, has no part of Satanism. #azealia #azealiabanks.”
Banks has never claimed to be a member of The Church of Satan so it’s not clear why the organization felt the need to distance itself from what she did other than to generate some publicity.
— The Church Of Satan (@ChurchofSatan) December 30, 2016