Following a controversy from 2017, Cardi B is once again taking heat for perceived slights against the LGBTQ community. This time, the debate stems from a video she posted to Periscope on Saturday defending Migos rapper Offset, to whom she became engaged last year. After garnering criticism from fans for using homophobic language, Offset recently apologized for his verse on YFN Lucci’s “Boss Life,” which included the line “I don’t vibe with queers.”
In the video, Cardi says, “You know, there’s bad words that your parents teach you that you’re not supposed to say,” Cardi says. “Nobody taught us that. Nobody taught us that in our school.” Watch the whole video below:
In response, some fans dismissed her claims of Offset’s ignorance.
Cardi B really sat on Instagram Live and said she and Offset didn’t know what queer meant. Just admit y’all don’t respect LGBT folks and go. pic.twitter.com/iuKUczPQDM
— Oh Word? (@vitaleventide) January 22, 2018
listening to cardi b defend offset by saying he didn’t know that “queer” was derogatory to members of the LGBT+ community just lowered my IQ by 20 points
— jacob✨ (@jacobsdayoff) January 22, 2018
Cardi B is defending Offset by suggesting that none of them knew queer is a LGBT term. First of all, Offset is from Atlanta. Secondly, Google is free.
— shane bernard (@shanejbernard) January 21, 2018
Okay soooo Cardi b is asking to be educated abd taught instead bashed/labeled for not knowing more about the queer comm that’s cool AND google it. Learn/ educate yourself. You’ve never heard queer used negatively? Kind of hard to believe AND GOOGLE IT ♀️♀️
— you wicked bitch! (@ishaoooubad) January 21, 2018
Last week, Offset posted a screenshot of the primary dictionary definition of queer (“strange; odd”) to Instagram, claiming not to know about the word’s other use as a widely known and derogatory slur for LGBTQ individuals. “I don’t mean someone who’s gay,” he writes. “I mean lame people who film you, post it, and stalk you.” Though the rapper says he’s developed friendships and working relationships with queer people in the fashion world, the matter is complicated by the fact that last year, Migos were rumored to have declined to appear on stage with drag queens for a performance with Katy Perry on SNL.
In her video, Cardi — who alludes to the fact that the couple are currently estranged — repeats her partner’s claim that he was unaware of all of the word’s connotations. She pins the gaffe on a faulty education system. “I haven’t even been talking to this guy like that, and that’s just personal problems. But I’m not going to let someone call him homophobic because he’s not…He literally told me ‘I didn’t know that was a word for gays.’” In the aftermath of the very public revelation that Offset allegedly cheated on Cardi, not all fans were convinced that she should be held accountable for his actions.
Yall know damn well if it was Cardi B who said some homophobic shit NOBODY would be coming for Offset. She is not responsible for her eediat fiancé
— Ebs (@ebtgx) January 19, 2018
Okay sure we want to hope that Cardi B gets in her fiancé's ear and has a quick word about not being a fucktoast, but WOMEN ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BEHAVIOR OF MEN IN THEIR PROXIMITY. STOP CALLING *HER* OUT
— Wile E. Minogue (@chrisopotamia) January 18, 2018
Cardi likens the firestorm of criticism towards Offset to the outrage over a notorious video she posted last year, in which the rapper claims she would trick her man into sleeping with a trans woman if she caught him cheating on her. The implication that this would be a punishment, coupled with her repeated use of the word “tranny,” raised questions in many fans’ minds of whether the “Bodak Yellow” rapper was transphobic.
In this latest video, Cardi again insists that this is not the case, calling for the LGBTQ community to prioritize educating those who make ignorant statements rather than stigmatizing them. “So because I used a word that I didn’t know that you’re not supposed to say, you’re going to label me something? Why don’t you educate me and say ‘Hey, you’re not supposed to use that word?’” Not everyone was dismissive of Cardi’s call to use incidents like these as teachable moments.
Was heated when i was reading how @lmCardiB response was being framed. This is a rare moment when folks causing harm are asking for a teachable moment. Don’t squander that shit.
Sis consider Queer a small nation in the UN of sexual minorities
— Anansi (@blaqueerflow) January 22, 2018
Cardi also asserts, using “tranny” as an example, that some words are not universally considered to be slurs. “Trans people use it and let’s not front like they don’t,” she says. Cardi ends the video by dismissing any further rejection of her viewpoint. “I know that I’m making a perfect point.”