Atlanta star Lakeith Stanfield has been receiving major backlash after he posted a homophobic freestyle, called “offensive freestyle” to his Instagram. But he deleted it shortly after. Replacing it with another video explaining his intent and clarifying that he is not homophobic.
According to Stanfield, he was portraying a character. “I make videos all the time, which I usually end up deleting as soon as I make them. I assume characters that have different viewpoints and different views on life, just from different perspectives.” The Get Out star said. “Some things my views are in line with, and some things my views aren’t in line with. And this character that you’ve seen is a character I’m definitely not in line with, and I definitely don’t believe those things.”
He emphasized that he is not homophobic and has never been.
“I’ve never agreed with homophobic thought or hatred towards anyone for that matter. I’m a person that moves in love and I want to promote and continue to push that – and love for all people and all different types of love in every form it takes.”
He admitted it was his fault for not clarifying that the video did not display his own personal views.
“I just want people to have a clear understanding because sometimes I make these things that could be very offensive and I don’t always have the luxury of context. So I want to give people the context of me and let them know I’m not with that. I’m not with that at all. I apologize if it hurt anyone sincerely. That wasn’t my intention to just be somebody that was out here just slinging arros and hurting people, so I want them to know that I apologize if they had to feel sadness from that. My sincerest apologies.”
So @lakeithlakeith from @AtlantaFX && @Sorry2BotherYou Though this “freestyle” (that you can clearly see him looking down & reading) was appropriate?! Lol ppl are truly Homophobic weirdos Lakeith Stanfield sis you played yourself pic.twitter.com/5N5F7Nexs2
— Bre'on (@_BayBey) June 23, 2018