Offset Apologizes For And Explains His Use Of The Word ‘Queer’ In A New Song

It seems like every other day another rapper is stepping forward to apologize for another lyric that the general public has deemed problematic. Now, Migos member and Cardi B fiance Offset is the latest to fall victim to the trend, offering a lengthy apology on Instagram for a questionable line in a new song.

The controversy stems from Offset’s use of the word “queer” on the new YFN Lucci track “Boss Life,” on which he raps, “I cannot vibe with queers.” With Migos’ history of insensitive and precarious interactions with the LBGT community, the line was met with skepticism and Offset has quickly taken to Instagram to douse the flames.

Offset posted a screenshot of a dictionary definition of the word “queer,” and apologized while explaining his reasoning for his word choice:

“I didn’t write the line about gay people. 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. To me, that ‘queer’ [doesn’t] mean someone who’s gay. I mean lame people who film you, post it and stalk you. Lingo that means strange or odd.”

Offset finished the post by apologizing and adding, “I’m offended I offended anybody.” He also apologized on Snapchat, offering the same rationale, saying he took the definition from Google and never intended the lyric to be about anybody’s sexuality.

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