Whippin' Out Webster
With hip-hop’s increasingly progressive culture, no shaming will be tolerated… and Offset is learning that the hard way. The Migos member took heat from fans following his offensive and homophobic bars on YFN Lucc’s “Boss Life.”
“Pinky ring crystal clear, 40k spent on a private Lear/60k solitaire/I cannot vibe with queers,” the star says on the track, to the dismay of fans. Now, Offset has issued an apology alongside an explanation for the controversial lines.
“Love for All People”
Though the track dropped in December of last year, controversy over the offensive lines spiked this week following the song’s music video release. After countless fans expressed that they were offended by the verse, Offset responded with a heartfelt note on Instagram.
Alongside Google’s definition of the word “queer,” the Georgia rapper insisted that he has “love for all people.”
No Disrespect Intended
“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 “Slippery” rapper wrote. “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.”
Offset went on to say that, to him, the word didn’t refer to a homosexual person, but rather “lame people who film you, post it and stalk you.”
“Lingo that means strange or odd,” he added.
He expressed that he was “sorry,” before writing, “I’m offended I offended anybody.” The post received well over 150,000 likes.
It’s a nice try at an apology but, unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Offset has been accused of being homophobic. This particular instance follows hateful statements the rapper — alongside group members Quavo and Takeoff — made about iLoveMakonnen.
During Migos’ interview with Rolling Stone, Makonnen’s decision to come out as gay on social media came up. Not only was the group said to take an “awkward” pause, they also were said to be surprised to hear that Makonnen received tons of online support.
According to Rolling Stone interviewer Jonah Weiner, Quavo lifted an eyebrow before asking, “They supported him?”
“That’s because the world is f**ked up,” Offset said.
“This world is not right,” Takeoff agreed.
“We ain’t saying it’s nothing wrong with the gays,” Quavo continued.
Quavo went on to reportedly “suggest” that the “Tuesday” artist’s sexual orientation “undermines his credibility” because, in the words of Migos, “he first came out talking about trapping and selling Molly, doing all that.”