Cardi B comes to Offset's rescue over homophobic lyric

ANI | Updated: Jan 22, 2018 04:25 IST

New York [USA], Jan 22 (ANI): American rapper Cardi B, speaking in defense of her fiance rapper Offset, said that more education is needed on offensive terminology.

On that note, the Migos rapper came under fire last week for using the word "queer" in a rap verse.

Cardi took to Periscope to defend Offset's claim that he was unaware 'queer' was a slur for gay people when he rapped, "I cannot vibe with queers" on the YFN Lucci song 'Boss Life'.

"I'm not going to let somebody call him homophobic when I know that he's not, and I'm saying this because I see him.around gays, and he treats them with the same respect he treats everybody. He never acts uncomfortable and he just don't care," she said.

'Bodak Yellow' rapper said that when she called her fiance to ask him why he used the word, he told her that he was going by the dictionary that defined it as meaning something different, reports New York Daily.

"A lot of people are not aware of what's wrong or right in the LGBT community and that's the thing. Why don't we do things to educate instead of bashing and trying to label somebody (something) that they're not?" she said. "A lot of people know what the F word means, but there's certain words that people are not aware of. Our parents never taught us this s--t, our schools never teach us that these are bad words."

The 'Bartier Cardi' rapper added that she's faced similar backlash in the past for using the word "tranny," even though she similarly was unaware that it had a negative connotation.

"I keep getting called transphobic because two years ago I used the word tranny. I didn't know that was a word that you cannot use, especially because my trans friends use it," she said. "Why don't you educate me and say, 'Hey, you're not supposed to use that word, you know that's derogatory.'"

Offset however apologised in a statement last week.

"I didn't write the line about gay people. I have said before since these issues before that I got love for all people," he wrote.

"When I wrote that I was thinking of words that could rhyme with the others 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. Lingo that means strange or odd," he added. (ANI)