'Get Out' star issues apology over video that showed him rapping homophobic slurs
Despite all the progress that has been made by and for the LGBTQ+ community over the past few decades, there is still a disconcerting amount of casual homophobia prevalent in western society. Trans people are still banned from using basic public facilities such as bathrooms and dressing rooms, LGB people are still subjected to verbal and physical abuse for doing something as simple as holding hands with a partner, and individuals of all backgrounds - whether they realise it's wrong or not - continue to use derogatory slurs against the queer community.
And sometimes, even those who seem to be supportive of LGBTQ+ issues, prove to be problematic in some way.
Lakeith Stanfield, who is best known for his part in Get Out, as well as his role as a gay man in Come Sunday, recently upset fans after posting a video of himself rapping "offensive freestyle" that included slurs and homophobic comments.
After he posted the video, the actor received a great deal of online backlash from fans for his use of the slur, "f*g", as well as him saying "gay s**t" in a derogatory manner.
"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," wrote Twitter user, @A_B_Allen. "They're totally ready and willing throw other marginalized people under the bus."
"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," added @angrytaina.
Since receiving so much criticism for his actions, Stanfield has come forward to apologise for being homophobic.
In a statement given to Buzzfeed, he said:
"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."
He also posted a video of himself on Instagram in which he explained that he was just performing a "character" when he said those things and that his views were "not in line" with the slurs he used.
While it may seem good that Stanfield apologised for what he did, it's still totally unacceptable that he said those things in the first place - and his excuse that he was simply playing a character is seriously disrespectful to everyone who puts up with that kind of abuse on a daily basis.
If the actor plans on regaining any respect he once had from the LGBTQ+ community, he's going to have to do a lot more to atone for his actions.