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Cardi B defends fiancé and Migos star Offset over homophobic rap

The 'Bodak Yellow' rapper says schools "never teach us that these are bad words.”

2018-01-22

Cardi B has defended her fiancé Offset after the rapper came under fire for using homophobic lyrics.

Offset, who forms one-third of US hip-hop trio Migos, was forced to apologise last week after delivering the line "I cannot vibe with queers" in YFN Lucci's song 'Boss Life'.

Now his reported fiancé, who topped the charts Stateside with her debut single 'Bodak Yellow' last year, has leapt to the star's defence, insisting he isn't homophobic and didnt' know the word 'queer' is considered an anti-gay slur.

In a Twitter Q&A, Cardi said: "I’m not going to let somebody call him ‘homophobic’ when I know that he’s not, and I’m saying this because I seen him… around gays, and he treats them with the same respect he treats everybody.

"He never acts uncomfortable and he just don’t care."

The 25-year-old added that more need to be don't to educate people about unacceptable terms, before she hadn't been aware of the word 'queer's negative connotations for LGBT people.

"Now, that’s a word that you guys say that it’s a bad word for gays – I never even heard that word in the first place – why don’t y’all educate people about it?”, she said.

"A lot of people are not aware about what’s wrong or right in the LGBT community. Why don’t we do things to educate instead of bashing and trying to label something that they not? Our schools never teach us that these are bad words.”

In his apology last week, Offset pleaded ignorance, saying he had used the queer to mean 'strange' and because it rhymed.

"I have said before since these issues before that I got love for all people," he said following the backlash.

"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.”

He added: "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.

"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."

Offset isn't the first member of Migos to find themselves at the centre of a homophobia storm. 

Fellow member Quavo, who notably collaborated with Liam Payne on his debut single 'Strip That Down', was forced to apologise last year after saying the world was "f**ked up" for supporting rapper iLoveMakonnen, who had recently come out as gay.