Saying rap trio Migos has a problem with homophobia is like saying the Fast and the Furious franchise has a problem with knowing-when-to-stop. And true to form, one of its members, Offset, is being widely criticized for a lyric he sings on a new track released by YFN Lucci called “Boss Life.”
But to back things up a bit, here’s how Migos responded when fellow rapper iLoveMakonnen came out:
In regards to Makonnen’s decision to come out to his fans, the response was an incredulous “They supported him?” from Quavo. Crew member Offset added: “That’s because the world is fucked up.” The third member of Migos, Takeoff, said, “This world is not right.”
The group, including Offset, were quick to backpedal, saying they don’t have a problem with gay people.
Which brings us to the just-released song “Boss Life,” in which Offset says: “I cannot vibe with queers.”
But here’s the real kicker–
In response to the criticism, Offset posted this “explanation” of his use of “queer” to Instagram:
His caption reads:
I didn’t write the line about gay people. I have said before since these issues before that I got love for all people. 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. 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.
Ohh, OK. He didn’t mean “queer” as in “gay people,” but the other commonly used definition of “queer”–as in, “that creepy paparazzi stalker situation.” Makes perfect sense.
Needless to say, critics were not appeased:
people below saying “they’re just lyrics.” when you have a platform that big you’re responsible for your words. it’s easy to say “they’re just lyrics” when the oppressive language doesn’t affect you. https://t.co/bRNHkwGT5H
— Black Widow (@capnbriella) January 18, 2018
Offset saying he doesn’t vibe with queers while constantly wearing and PARADING clothes by gay designers is the REAL gag.
— MNEK (@MNEK) January 18, 2018
Offset has proven to be homophobic and y’all have given him a chance to prosper in music but Azealia Banks has apologized for all her wrongs and y’all don’t want to give her a chance. No one should ever tell me black women are treated equally as men
— c (@chuuzus) January 17, 2018
To anyone surprised that Offset [and the rest of Migos (and pretty much every single rapper)] is homophobic: pic.twitter.com/Dhi0FCPD5z
— Stone Cold Steve N’Zonzi (@sporker_) January 17, 2018