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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. 

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“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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Najja Parker is a writer and online content producer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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