Rapper Cardi B and her fiance Offset, a member of the rap group Migos, are fighting back against criticisms over seemingly homophobic lyrics.
It all began last week with a new song from rapper YFN Lucci titled “Boss Life” that features Offset spitting allegedly hateful lyrics.
The line that has drawn criticism is the rapper stating “I cannot vibe with queers” on the track. He defended this line on Instagram by referencing the definition of the word and claiming his ties to the fashion industry show that he supports the LGBT community.
“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,” the rapper wrote. “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.”
The problematic commentary didn’t stop there. Rapper Cardi B, known for her smash hits “Bodak Yellow” and “No Limit,” defended her fiance’s comments during a Periscope livestream this past weekend.
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“If that’s a word that you guys said is a bad word for gays, I’ve never even heard that word in the first place,” she said. “Why don’t y’all educate people? A lot of people are not aware about what’s wrong or right in the LGBTQ community.”
Many have condemned both artists on social media for their ignorance to the violence that can be created with homophobic lyrics. This wouldn’t be the first time that Offset has found himself facing criticism due to homophobia, with the rapper being unsupportive when fellow rapper iLoveMakonnen came out last year.
All of this comes before Cardi B makes her Grammy’s debut, as she prepares to hit the stage with Bruno Mars to perform at Sunday night’s ceremony.