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Rapper Offset Slammed Over Seemingly Homophobic Lyric About "Queers"
He has since apologized and explained his reasoning behind the controversial lyric.
Offset has found himself in some majorly hot water these days.
Weeks after rumors he'd been caught cheating on his fiancée Cardi B rocked social media, the Atlanta rapper is getting slammed online yet again, this time due to writing what some consider a homophobic lyric.
Appearing on a new track with YFN Lucci called "Boss Life," Offset raps, "Pinky ring crystal clear, 40k spent on a private Lear/60k solitaire/I cannot vibe with queers."
The line sparked a lively social media debate, with some accusing the rapper of being homophobic, while others defended him.
Offset took to Instagram earlier this week to address the controversy, claiming that he wasn't talking about homosexual people when he used the word "queer."
"I didn't write the line about gay people," he wrote alongside a screenshot of the dictionary definition of the word "queer." "I have said before since these issues before that I got love for all people. My passion for fashion has lead me to a lot of gay people around me who I have mad respect for and we are very cool so I'm not in a place where I'm hating like that."
"When I wrote that I was thinking of words that could rhyme with the others (here, lear, solitaire, bear) and I saw this definition about her having a queer feeling she was being watched and it fit what I was thinking about a stalker creepy paparazzi situation," he continued. "To me that 'queer' I don't mean someone who's gay. I mean lame people who film you, post it and stalk you. Lingo that means strange or odd."
"I'm sorry. I apologize," he continued in all caps. You can check out Offset's full statement below.
This isn't the first time Offset has been accused of homophobia; last year, Migos drew a ton of criticism due to their response to rapper ILoveMakonnen's decision to come out, with Offset claiming that ILoveMakonnen's fans supported him coming out "because the world is fucked up."
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