In the since-deleted clip titled "offensive freestyle" (which can be found archived below), Stanfield can be seen rapping lyrics including "that's some gay shit" and "f*g, I don't really like to brag, but I'm straight, rich."
Today, Stanfield uploaded a video to social media apologizing and explaining the clip.
"I assume characters that have different viewpoints and different views on life and just different perspectives," he said. "Some things my views are aligned with and some things my views aren't aligned with and this character that you've seen is a character that I'm definitely not in line with and I definitely don't believe those things."
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. 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.
Sorry to Bother You is set for a wider theatrical release come July 6. You can read our Sundance review of the film here.
So @lakeithlakeith from @AtlantaFX && @Sorry2BotherYou Though this "freestyle" (that you can clearly see him looking down & reading) was appropriate?! Lol ppl are truly Homophobic weirdos Lakeith Stanfield sis you played yourself pic.twitter.com/5N5F7Nexs2— Bre'on (@_BayBey) June 23, 2018