Offset was recently criticised over lyrics in his YFN Lucci collaboration ‘Boss Life’. The track saw Offset rap the lines: “60K solitaire / I do not vibe with queers / I got the heart of a bear / I bust ‘em down by the pair”.
Following the backlash over the lyric, Offset took to Instagram to claim that he wasn’t using the term “queer” in a derogative way. He then apologised and said that he was “offended I offended anybody”.
“I’m not going to let somebody call him ‘homophobic’ when I know that he’s not, and I’m saying this because I seen him… around gays, and he treats them with the same respect he treats everybody,” Cardi said in a Periscope video. “He never acts uncomfortable and he just don’t care.”
“Now, that’s a word that you guys say that it’s a bad word for gays – I never even heard that word in the first place – why don’t y’all educate people about it?”, Cardi continued. “A lot of people are not aware about what’s wrong or right in the LGBT community. Why don’t we do things to educate instead of bashing and trying to label something that they not? Our schools never teach us that these are bad words.”
Cardi went on to claim that she didn’t know “tranny” was a “bad word ’cause trans people use it,” adding: “Let’s not front like they don’t.”
In his initial defence and apology over the controversial lyric, Offset wrote: “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.”
He added: “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’ 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.”