Offset has taken to Instagram to apologize following an outcry over a lyric during the Migos rapper's guest verse on YFN Lucci's single "Boss Life." The rapper was accused online of homophobia for the lyric "I cannot vibe with queers." However, in his apology, the Migos member claimed he "didn't write the line about gay people."
He continued: "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."
Offset's Instagram post includes a picture of a dictionary definition of "queer," which the rapper says he was using in the song. "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."
The letter concludes: "I M S O R R Y I A P O L O G I Z E."
When "Boss Life" was released in December, the word "queers" was censored in the official lyric video. The word was included in the song's music video, shared this week, leading to the controversy.
Accusations of homophobia followed Migos in 2017. The group apologized after issuing negative quotes during a discussion of ILoveMakonnen's sexuality in an interview with Rolling Stone. It was alleged that Migos did not want to be onstage with drag queens during a performance of "Bon Appetit" with Katy Perry on Saturday Night Live; the band, its label, and a drag queen who did perform with the group all denied this.
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