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James Arthur apologizes for homophobic slur


British singer James Arthur has issued a public apology after allegedly hurling a homophobic slur at a fellow musician in a rap track. The "Impossible" hitmaker recorded a "diss track" to hit back at Micky Worthless after the rapper mocked the singer as a "pop puppet" in his own song. Arthur branded Worthless a "[expletive] queer" in his rap. Many fans took to Twitter on Saturday to complain about the controversial lyrics, with one user writing, "People kill themselves everyday because there's insults like that around. It's not something a role model should say."

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The singer has now issued apology via the social networking website, writing, "Any offence I have caused by using the term 'queer' in my rap battle with MC Worthless. I just have to say I'm extremely disappointed in myself for being so naive with the diss track I made for an unknown rapper recently. I would just like to make it completely clear that it was not meant in anyway as a reference to homosexuality. I realise where the term has come from in meaning... but used in the context of the rap battles I have grown up with it has come to mean something completely different ... That said, I understand why it could cause offence and that definitely wasn't my intention."

Nov 18, 2013 2:40AM
I think it is time people woke up and quit taking offense if offense isn't due.  gay and queer have other meanings than what society has changed them to mean.  and if they are used as they should there should be nothing to be sorry for.  gay means happy ... they described a decade 1890's as being gay (happy) queer in that time meant strange ... will someone please remove the eggshells?  Now, if the song absolutely used the word in it's slang then I suppose apologies might be in order .. don't know the guy, but it is a fact that the meanings of this word does not have to always be derogatory
Nov 18, 2013 12:58AM
Anybody who has this guy as a role model has a much bigger problem than being a "£$% queer." Do they sell pills that boost an IQ above 99? Arthur, his fans - and most of the commentators here - could sure use a few gross.
Nov 18, 2013 12:33AM
put them all on an island & blow it the fu$#@ up along with the white liberals & coons
Nov 18, 2013 12:26AM
Sounds like great talent and ability...not....
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