The Migos member raps “I cannot vibe with queers” in YFN Lucci’s song “Boss Life.” After some backlash, Offset apologized for the lyric, but defended himself by explaining that he was using the word for its dictionary definition, meaning “weird” or “odd,” and not as a homophobic slur. “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 wrote on Instagram.
Cardi B defended her fiancé on Thursday when someone tweeted the “Bodak Yellow” rapper saying she deserved better than Offset. “Don't tell [me] about who I deserve with him or not,” she tweeted. “You don't know how he matured me.”
As pointed out by Pitchfork, she went live on Periscope Saturday night to defend him again, while addressing the homophobia accusations directly. “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 these... around gays," she said. "He treats them with the same respect he treats everybody. He never acts uncomfortable and he just don’t care.”
Cardi B went on to explain that Offset’s comment came from a place of misunderstanding and a lack of education on society’s part. “It has a different vocabulary on the dictionary,” she said. “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? 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.”
Cardi B was put on blast last year after a video of her using the word “tranny” resurfaced online. The rapper explained in her Periscope that she didn’t know that word was a slur either until she was called out for it. “I did not know that that was a bad word ’cause trans people use it,” she said. “Let’s not front like they don’t.”