Cardi B has addressed a “transphobic” post made by her official Facebook account on 16 September.
The rapper has claimed that, seeing as a former associate controls her account, she did not publish the offensive post or have knowledge of its existence.
It's come to my attention that there have been offensive posts made on what used to be my Facebook page. For the past year and a half a FORMER team member has been the only one with access to the account
The meme in question uses the word “tr**ny”, which is considered a derogatory slur to trans people.
Following backlash, trans actress and activist Laverne Cox made a thinly veiled reference to the incident on Twitter.
Others suggested that, even if the rapper’s story checks out, she is still at fault and should be more careful.
This isn’t the first time the rapper has been criticised for using this word. In January, she explained that she “didn’t know” that the slur in question was offensive.
She has also defended her now-husband Offset’s use of homophobic lyrics. Her husband once rapped: “I do not vibe with queers / I got the heart of a bear / I bust ‘em down by the pair” on a track.
Defending him, she said:
I’m not gonna let somebody call him homophobic when I know that he’s not.
I’m saying this because I see him around gays, and he treats them with the same respect he treats everybody. He never acts uncomfortable, and he just don’t care.