"I don't care whether Offset vibes with me, but what he WONT do is put a target on a community's back and try and downplay us," one offended individual tweeted as Offset was a top trending topic on Twitter. "WE create what he wears, the labels these rappers love, and we keep these secrets of these rappers who are IN THE CLOSET," one person tweeted.
Offset took to Instagram to explain that his usage of "queer" doesn't translate to "gay," but rather "lame people who film you, post it and stalk you."
"I didn't write the line about gay people," he began his apology. "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," he continued. "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 offended I offended anybody."
And that didn't really good over well, either. However, plenty of people are taking to Twitter to defend Offset as well, arguing he makes a good point and the word "queer" doesn't strictly apply to gay people.
This isn't the first time the rapper has been put in the hot seat for homophobic remarks, either. During an interview with Rolling Stone last February, the rapper questioned another rapper named iLoveMakonnen's street cred after coming out as gay. Offset and his group Migos later apologized saying they "love all people, gay or straight" and wish the rapper didn't have to feel like he had to hide who he truly is.
See what Twitter is saying about the controversial lyric below.
Offset saying he doesn't vibe with queers while constantly wearing and PARADING clothes by gay designers is the REAL gag.
Also, associating “queer” to mean “lame” is extremely derogatory & can be extremely damaging to lgbtq youth who are learning to be prideful in who they are & most importantly, how they define themselves.. learn something form this @OffsetYRN
I don't usually post my opinions about this stuff but in regards to Offset's “I cannot vibe with queers” lyric, this is the dumbest apology I've ever seen. Whether he meant it that way or not, surely he was aware that most people would take it as being homophobic. pic.twitter.com/Rytv7ZcJH6
Idgafif offset didn't mean it in reference to sexuality. He knows the connotation behind the word and how it was always used, it's the equivalent of a white persona saying the n word but “there's an a so it means friend :)”