Lakeith Stanfield posted an Instagram video of himself rapping a 'freestyle' with anti-gay slurs in the lyrics.

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‘Get Out’ actor Lakeith Stanfield posts homophobic rap on Instagram (updated)

Well, this is disappointing.


Kris Seavers


Posted on Jun 26, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 12:35 pm CDT

Lakeith Stanfield, who starred in Get Out and plays Darius Epps on FX’s Atlanta, is facing backlash on Twitter after he posted an Instagram video of himself using homophobic language as he raps.

His video has been deleted, BuzzFeed News reports, but Stanfield’s original caption said: “Offensive freestyle (not for the easily offended).”

The lyrics included lines like “Boy you’re dressed like trash you a eight six, take that choke chain back, that’s some gay shit” and “Fag, I don’t really want to brag but I’m straight rich.” 

Stanfield, who appears to be reading notes in the video, also raps: “Fuck them bitches out the ass and I’m famous and all these gay n****s mad cause they hate this.”

Twitter user @_BayBey posted the clip to Twitter after Stanfield deleted it, BuzzFeed News reports.

In another rap video uploaded Monday, Stanfield seemed to allude to the controversial lyrics. “I’m not always in line with the beliefs of my characters. But sometimes I am :),” he wrote in the caption.

On Twitter, fans expressed frustration and anger with the actor for posting the video and reciting anti-gay lyrics.

People were especially shocked at the timing of the post. It comes just weeks before the anticipated release of Stanfield’s movie Sorry to Bother You. The film also stars Tessa Thompson, who’s an outspoken LGBTQ ally and close friend and collaborator of queer icon Janelle Monáe.

For some, Stanfield’s video pointed to larger problems of people in marginalized communities who “throw other marginalized people under the bus.”

BuzzFeed reports that neither FX nor Annapurna Pictures, distributor of Sorry to Bother You, has commented on Stanfield’s video.


H/T BuzzFeed News

Update 7:08pm CT, June 26: Lakeith Stanfield tweeted a video on Tuesday apologizing for the offensive Instagram rap, BuzzFeed News reports. The actor said he was playing a character and isn’t homophobic but that he’s sorry “if it hurt anybody sincerely.”

“I’m really disheartened by the fact that people are being affected by it,” Stanfield told BuzzFeed News, “that 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.”

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*First Published: Jun 26, 2018, 3:23 pm CDT