Offset off. The rapper has come under fire today because of a line on his verse in the YFN Lucci track "Boss Life." The rapper and fiance of Cardi B decided it would be a great idea to let his homophobe flag fly and say "I cannot vibe with queers."
Offset, you're really being homophobic? In 2018? Really? It makes sense, though. For those of you who are unaware, Offset is part of the group Migos, who have previously been accused of being homophobic. When asked about rapper iLoveMakonnen after he'd come out as gay, the group said "that's wack, bro" about fans supporting him. This was that particular exchange:
"That's because the world is fucked up," says Offset. "This world is not right," Takeoff says. "We ain't saying it's nothing wrong with the gays," says Quavo. But he suggests that Makonnen's sexuality undermines his credibility, given the fact that "he first came out talking about trapping and selling Molly, doing all that." He frowns. "That's wack, bro."
Of course, they received shit for that too, but played the "I have a gay friend" card, with one member of the group, Quavo, saying he can't be homophobic because he has "a record with Frank Ocean." Dear, that isn't how it works.
While we may be tired of these sad excuses for being blatantly homophobic, it seems the rest of the world is ready to turn another blind eye. Migos dominated the charts all of last year and 2018 seems to be no different. The reality is that rappers being homophobic is just par for the course and, as offended as people may act now, their songs will still be on heavy rotation. Until then, here are some reactions to the unsurprising news that Offset is a homophobe.
\u201c@iamcardib its not fair that people have tried to blame U for ur fianc\u00e9 @OffsetYRN homophobic lyric. But I\u2019d love to connect U w/ Queer groups who can join u in the Hip Hop spaces u have access to... to start a dialogue that encourages education around the impact of homophobia.\u201d
UPDATE: Offset has attempted to clarify his remark as backlash against him grows. In an Instagram post, he explained that he said "queers" because he needed something that rhymed with other words like here, lear, solitaire, and bear. He just "queer" because he seemingly has no idea what the word means today. "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 explained. "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." See the full Instagram post below.