“I cannot vibe with queers,” said Offset in his featured verse on YFN Lucci’s song “Boss Life.”
But Offset later apologized, saying he did not intend to use "queer" as a slur.
His fiancé, artist Cardi B, quickly came for to his defense, saying live on Periscope: “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, and he treats them with the same respect he treats everybody. He never acts uncomfortable and he just don’t care.”
However, the rest of us aren't quite satisfied with this defense.
“It has a different vocabulary on the dictionary,” Cardi B said of the word "queer."
“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?"
Is this a satisfactory defense? The word "queer" has been used as a homosexual slur as early as the 1960s.
In fact, a simple Google search of "dictionary definition queer" yields the following result:
Two of the above definitions, both marked with the word "offensive," refer to homosexuals or homosexuality.
Twitter is calling Cardi B on this poor argument.
After this week in queer antagonism, I’ll just say this about Cardi: you want to be educated? Talk to these trans & gay friends you have & listen to how language is reclaimed & evolves. Learn WHO gets to use it & WHY.— yall didnt leave cishet ppl in 2017?? (@itsottwall) January 21, 2018
This talking down to queer ppl gotta stop tho.
I believe Cardi doesn’t mean harm but when she defends her homophobic partner (who offends FREQUENTLY) I have to decide for myself where the line is as a gay man, b/c my well-being & in some situations my LIFE is at stake w/ this thought process.— yall didnt leave cishet ppl in 2017?? (@itsottwall) January 21, 2018
And Offset's argument in his own defense is no more solid.
If Offset was kind to and surrounded by non-hetero folks as he claims, he would know exactly what queer means in that context. So let's start there.— skkrrtt cobain🌺 (@tirhakahlove) January 21, 2018
As for Cardi, her response puts the onus of educating cishet ppl on queer folks while also using poverty to rationalize homophobia. Which is many levels of fuckery tbh— skkrrtt cobain🌺 (@tirhakahlove) January 21, 2018
Finally, Cardi has attended in Pride marches in the past so i KNOW she knows. Not to mention, queer has been part of lgbtq lexicon since before she was born so it really ain't nothin new.— skkrrtt cobain🌺 (@tirhakahlove) January 21, 2018
In a time where the rights of LGBT people are threatened under an increasingly more dangerous administration, the "queer" community is not laying down and accepting excuses.
The fact that Cardi F- has the nerve to get annoyed with the LGBTQ community for not educating her man is sad. You claim to have gay friends and you have a gay sister. YOU educate him and stop caping for him and admit that he was wrong.— ً (@LuxxSOCIAL) January 21, 2018