NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: Lakeith Stanfield during the 10th Annual BAMcinemaFest Opening Night Premiere Of "Sorry To Bother You" at BAM Harvey Theater on June 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gonzalo Marroquin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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‘Get Out’ Star Apologizes For Using Homophobic Slurs In Freestyle Rap Video After Being Called Out

Lakeith Stanfield’s star has steadily been on the rise for some time now. His first big movie was Selma, soon followed up by his role as Snoop in Straight Outta Compton. Soon after that, he nabbed a role in Donald Glover’s Atlanta. Last year, he had a supporting role in the best picture nominee, Get Out. However, he’s been in the news recently for a different reason.

In a since deleted video, he was freestyle rapping, saying…

“Boy you’re dressed like trash you a eight six, take that choke chain back, that’s some gay shit.”

Followed by…

“Fag, I don’t really want to brag but I’m straight rich.”

Immediately, people pounced on him, and he issued this apology to Buzzfeed News

“I can [acknowledge the words are hurtful], very much so.

I realised the weight and scope of that word [‘f*g’] and that it can be very hurtful to people.

I’m really disheartened by the fact that people are being affected by it.

People are feeling sad or anger or any of these negative feelings about the things I’ve done, because that wasn’t my intention at all, to hurt people.

I’m a person that moves in love, and I’m concerned with everyone being able to tap into their universal freedom.

And that’s what I’ve always been about. That means freedom of expression, freedom to love who you want to love, freedom to be.”

However, the issue is that this apology smacks of ‘sorry I hurt your feelings’ rather than an actual apology for the use of the language.

Others were not having it…

Then, on Tuesday, he posted this more extended apology to his Twitter…

However, once again, he seems not to understand that as a non-queer person, he doesn’t get to call himself ‘not homophobic.’ It’s queer people who decide whether a self-professed ally is engaging with the community in a positive way, or not. And he still seems to be offering a justification rather than an apology.

People still were not here for it…

Yet, others seemed to defend him…

A sentiment which received this on point response…

Mic drop.

H/T: Twitter, The Independent

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Written by Dana Levinson

Dana Aliya Levinson is an actress, writer, and trans activist. She graduated with honors from the New School where she wrote extensively about political and ethnic identity in the middle-east. She was a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and has written about politics and trans issues for The Huffington Post, Women's Health, Nylon, and The Notice Blog.