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.”
“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…
This whole Lakeith Stanfield thing just reinforces a frustrating reality: 90% of the time "woke" people only care about being "woke" along the axis that personally affects them. They're totally ready and willing throw other marginalized people under the bus.
— Andrew Boyd Allen (@A_B_Allen) June 23, 2018
Lakeith Stanfield really went out here, did a homophobic and woman hating freestyle, put it on Instagram, deleted it, and thinks we are gonna forget. I feel bad for the rest of the cast and crew of #SorryToBotherYou
— M (@angrytaina) June 23, 2018
I started getting fake woke vibes from Lakeith Stanfield a few posts back and I tried to ignore it but pic.twitter.com/nl1AFEk8Ay
— Luke Elliott (@LukeElliottS) June 23, 2018
So I see Lakeith Stanfield gotta go… pic.twitter.com/QFF0KEejZh
— wine mom (@antifleezus) June 23, 2018
Then, on Tuesday, he posted this more extended apology to his Twitter…
— Lakeith Stanfield (@lakeithlakeith) June 26, 2018
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…
I appreciate him coming out and saying this, but to me it isn't enough. We live in really, really dangerous times and if you wanna be offensive to showcase art, go after something else. He has queer co-stars, queer fans, and I just don't think it's right. Just MO.
— M (@angrytaina) June 26, 2018
I don't think he is homophobic and I still wish him the best. I just think he gave a poor apology. Don't come here with this "I'm an actor I was playing a character" crap. Because regardless, he came up with the character the lyrics and posted it online.
— I said I was gonna delete this app back in january (@ClosetCanadian) June 27, 2018
Yet, others seemed to defend him…
He’s an ACTOR! Idk how people are believing something like that lol I suppose they think Arnold Schwarzenegger is a robot too then…
— Juice Guru (@Angie_HeartsYOU) June 26, 2018
Wat kinda world we live in when great actors gotta explain wats real and wats fake smh !
— MR. BIG FACTS (@SNAPBACKKIIDD) June 26, 2018
His portrayal of someone who’s homophobic isn’t slander against any queer people, it’s poking fun at how people look ignorant when being homophobic; he has nothing to apologize for? That’s like having Samuel L Jackson apologize for playing Stephen in Django
— alex g (@mannycasper) June 26, 2018
A sentiment which received this on point response…
so if a white actor went on a racist rant and claimed it was a character would that be cool I'm just trying to figure out where the line is here
— sunshine (@curvellas) June 27, 2018