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‘Atlanta’ star Lakeith Stanfield apologizes for using homophobic slurs on Instagram

The actor used two offensive slurs in a freestyle video

“Atlanta” star Lakeith Stanfield has recently come under fire for homophobic comments he made on social media. 

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A few days ago, the actor used two offensive slurs in a freestyle video he uploaded to Instagram.

In one line, he said, “that’s some gay [expletive]. In another, he said, “[expletive], I don’t really like to brag, but I’m straight, rich.” 

The post has since been deleted, and Stanfield released an apology Tuesday. 

“I've never been homophobic. Have never agreed with homophobic thought or hatred toward anyone for that matter. I’m a person that moves in love and I want to promote and continue to push that. ... I apologize if I hurt anybody, sincerely,” he said in the statement. “That wasn’t my intention — to be somebody that was out here just slinging arrows and hurting people, so I want them to know that I apologize that they had to feel sadness from that. So my sincerest apologies.”

The actor currently stars in the FX series “Atlanta,” which has been renewed for a third season. His upcoming film “Sorry To Bother You” will be released in July. 

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