Rapper Cardi B has denied she used a transphobic slur in a social media post, insisting a former member of her staff wrote it.
On Sunday (16Sep18), a message featuring a cartoon image of a man walking through a door with a caption which reads, “I hope nobody see this tr**ny leave my house,” was posted to the Bodak Yellow hitmaker’s Facebook page, according to Billboard.
After the message appeared online, many fans criticised Cardi for using the slur, but she is now insisting she wasn’t the one that posted it.
“It’s come to my attention that there have been offensive posts made on what used to be my Facebook page,” she wrote on Twitter. “For the past year and a half a FORMER team member has been the only one with access to the account.”
The 25-year-old did not disclose who she was referring to in her message, but this isn’t the first time the rapper has been criticised for using the slur. In January (18), she admitted she wasn’t aware others found the word offensive because nobody ever corrected her when she said it.
“Like I didn’t know that that was a word that you cannot use, especially because my trans friends use it and growing up, my parents never told me that that was a bad word,” she said during a Twitter live stream. “You know, there’s bad words that your parents teach you that you’re not supposed to say. Nobody taught us that. Nobody taught us that in our school.”
She also defeneded her rapper husband Offset against accusations he made homophobic comments in the past and on his song Boss Life, in which he rapped, “I do not vibe with q**ers / I got the heart of a bear / I bust ’em down by the pair.”
“I’m not gonna let somebody call him homophobic when I know that he’s not,” she added. “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.”