Twitter feuds between celebrities and entertainers are nothing new. Not a day goes by without a headline regarding a sordid ‘he said, she said’ controversy. What started earlier this week was a bit more unusual.

New York City rapper, Azealia Banks, known for her raunchy content, fired out a tweet Sunday morning that seemed to have come out of nowhere. Out of courtesy to our readers, we will refrain from quoting it directly because of its explicit nature.

The tweet essentially stated that former governor, Sarah Palin, should be gang raped by a group of black men. She posted several other tweets that made the first attack seem tame by comparison, exploring in detail just how the violent act should be undertaken.

This tirade seems to have been sparked by a satirical article that suggested Sarah Palin had said she believed blacks in pre-Civil War America had voluntarily accepted slavery.

Palin has regularly been the target of Internet hoaxes regarding her fake quotes on slavery and President Obama. The hoax debunking site Snopes.com has a few entries dedicated to this subject concerning the former governor.

It appears that rapper Azealia Banks had seen a quote from one such satirical website and took it as gospel. When she was alerted that the source was fake she quickly deleted the tweets, but not before they had been saved hundreds of times and re-posted by her Twitter followers.

When the heat was turned on Banks she began to dish out half-baked excuses for her words, stating on a blog that:

“I never said you should be raped.”

“I used the term ‘run a train,’ which is slang for group sex, NOT for rape…there are many distinctions between the two.”

Despite the lame explanations, the pressure to take back what she said mounted. In an open letter to Palin, Banks rambled almost incoherently between open praise for Sarah Palin as a woman and public figure and veiled disgust at her supposed hidden bigotry. Banks closed the letter with an insult to Palin’s daughter, Bristol.

In the midst of all this insanity, Palin issued a few public statements of her own; one of them to People Magazine and one directed at Banks herself.

To People she said:

“I’ve had enough of the unanswered threats and attacks against  my family and me… 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.”

Whether Palin honestly believes there is a real shot at successfully winning a suit against the loud-mouthed rapper, or if the comment was meant to simply scare the entertainer, is up for debate. However, the threat to sue may have had the opposite intended result.

On Wednesday, Banks was at it again, with renewed hostility:

“My only mistake was insinuating that S.P. [Sarah Palin] might have sex with someone other than one of her cousins. #trailer,” Banks posted on her Twitter account.

Banks also linked to another rant Wednesday morning centered on racism:

“I’m 100% positive that the police killings, cultural appropriation, Trump and Palin etc. represent the contempt that whitey shares for this intangible, uncontrollable new black mind…”

She summed up her thoughts on Sarah Palin in three words:

“—- Sarah Palin.”

What do you think? Should Palin have even addressed such idiocy? Or is it time for conservative thinkers to stand up for themselves and fight back?