Azealia Banks Sees Herself Reflected in a ‘Misunderstood’ Sarah Palin, Yet Continues to Throw Shade

Azealia Banks has suddenly found a kindred spirit. Kind of.

The Broke with Expensive Taste rapper wrote an open letter of apology to former Alaska governor, Sarah Palin, following an ugly Twitter spat that nearly warranted a lawsuit from Palin.

On Monday, Banks began tweeting in response to a satirical article that quoted Palin to have said that African-Americans “liked” slavery. Not realizing that the post was fictitious, Banks insulted Palin and suggested that lewd acts—including gang rape—be inflicted upon her in a series of now-deleted posts.

Palin responded on Facebook with a post entitled “Hey Female Rapper”, in which she wrote, “Why don’t we strengthen both our platforms and work together on something worthwhile – like condemning racism, along with empowering young women to defend themselves against a most misogynist, degrading, devastating assault perpetrated by evil men – rape.”

She later issued a statement to People magazine that promised a lawsuit against Banks for her empty threats.

“I’ve had enough of the unanswered threats and attacks against my family and me,” she said to People. “So, for the first time I’m going to enjoy the only retribution some protected ‘celebrities’ seem to understand – I’m suing Azealia Banks and can’t wait to share my winnings with others who have gone defenseless against lies and dangerous attacks far too long.”

Now, Banks is apologizing her accusatory remarks in an open letter on Tumblr that says that she was “completely kidding”. “I happen to have a really crass, New-York-City sense of humor, and regularly make silly jokes in attempts make light of situations which make me uncomfortable,” wrote Banks. “All in all, woman to woman, I hope you will accept my sincerest apology.”

The rapper tells Palin, “I actually, really like you.”

“While many other American people may see you as someone to be ridiculed, I truly believe that you possess a certain ‘je ne sais quoi,’ (a french term which is often interpreted to denote one’s inexplicable charisma.) … There is something very charismatic and misunderstood about you. The misunderstood bit oftentimes reminds me of myself. You’re very passionate about the things you believe in, super determined, and most certainly aware of who you are and where you stand in this world, as a parent, as a politician, but most importantly, as a woman.”

“P.S.: -I am an EXTREMELY intelligent woman, Mrs. Palin,” adds Banks, then citing the mention of Palin removing Banks’ music from her daughter’s playlists in her responsive Facebook address. “Twitter is not real, neither is your opinion of me!… If Bristol Palin listened to my music she probably wouldn’t have all those [damn] kids!!!!”

And yet, she continues to fire shots at Palin on Wednesday morning, just as the dust was about to settle.