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Chart-topping rapper Cardi B is in defense mode now that her fiancé Offset is being accused of spouting homophobic lyrics.

The Migos rapper left people scratching their heads when he said the line “I cannot vibe with queers” on YFN’s song “Boss Life.” Many were surprised that someone who frequently wears fashions designed by members of the LGBTQ community would make such a statement.

Offset quickly apologized and denied that he was using the word “queer” in a derogatory manner and that in fact, he had never heard of the term being used to describe LGBTQ people. “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.
I M S O R R Y I A P O L O G I Z E I’m offended I offended anybody.”

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. I M S O R R Y I A P O L O G I Z E I’m offended I offended anybody

Some people still were not happy with Offset’s reasoning and that’s when Cardi B. hopped on social media to defend her man. In the video, Cardi says she had never even heard the word “queer” before and she implored the LGBTQ community to educate people like her and Offset.

“Now if that’s a word that you guys said is a bad word for gays, I’ve never even heard that word in the first place. Why don’t y’all educate people? A lot of people are not aware about what’s wrong or right in the LGBTQ community.”

She also noted that Offset is definitely not homophobic.

“I’m not going to let somebody call him homophobic when I know that he’s not, and I’m saying this because I see him around gays, and he treats them with the same respect he treats everybody. He never acts uncomfortable and he just don’t care”

Some take issue with Cardi B’s stance because it seems to put the onus on a marginalized community to educate others about their challenges.

Did Cardi B’s video help or hurt Offset?