Offset Opens Up About the Government Shutdown After Cardi B's Rant: 'That's Some Slave S—'
The rapper revealed his thoughts on the shutdown just one week after his estranged wife got politically vocal
Offset is the latest rapper to speak up about the government shutdown.
The Migos rapper, 27, explained he usually doesn’t voice his political opinion, but couldn’t help but discuss the devastating reality that thousands of furloughed Americans are currently facing in an interview with Esquire magazine, which was published on Tuesday.
“We’re going through a f—ed up time,” he said. “Both sides. Black and the white. You know why? The government shutdown. Black people aren’t working, white folks aren’t working. It’s everybody.”
“This ain’t supposed to be going down. Not in America,” he continued. “We got our chest out, we got the money, we got the cars, we got the celebrities, we got the stars, everybody wants to be like us. All these other countries when I go there, they’re inspired by us.”
“Seeing people talk about how they can’t pay their bills but they have to work. That’s some slave s—,” Offset added. “I don’t really get into it politics because I’m usually on the other side of it. There’s black mothers with jobs, and now you take their jobs away.”
Offset also touched on Donald Trump and the wealth inequality in the nation, specifically pertaining to the billionaire businessman-turned-president.
“And then the president, I don’t really want to speak on him but he’s rich,” he said. “Make a n— respect you, because a n— don’t respect you. He’s rich and has these folks struggling.”
His estranged wife, with whom he shares 6-month-old daughter Kulture Kiari, has also been especially outspoken on social media as of late, defending the government workers, country unification, and even her own interest in politics, in a series of Instagram videos and tweets.
Last week, the “Bodak Yellow” rapper — who split with Offset in December — turned things up a notch when she stressed just how serious the current government shutdown is and slammed Trump over his controversial border wall.
“Now I know a lot of y’all don’t care because y’all don’t work for the government or y’all probably don’t even have a job but this s— is really f— serious, bro. This s— is crazy,” she explained in an Instagram video last Wednesday. “Our country is in a hell hole right now all for a f—ing wall and we really need to take this serious[ly].”
“I feel like we need to take some action. I don’t know what type of action, bitch, ’cause this is not what I do, but bitch I’m scared,” she finished. “This is crazy and I really feel bad for these people who need to go to f—ing work to not get motherf—ing paid.”
A few days later, Cardi, 26, got into a heated disagreement with conservative FOX Nation host and commentator Tomi Lahren, after the television personality tweeted, “Looks like @iamcardib is the latest genius political mind to endorse the Democrats. HA! Keep it up, guys!”
In response, Cardi wrote, “Leave me alone or I will dog walk you.”
In a separate tweet, she also added, “You’re so blinded with racism that you don’t even realize the decisions the president you root for is destroying the country you claim to love so much. You are a perfect example on no matter how educated or smart you think you are you still a SHEEP!”
Shortly after the dispute, Cardi explained in an Instagram Live video that same evening that she was “so tired of people insulting me” and thinking she was “dumb” or “ghetto” for the way she talked.
“One thing I really want y’all to understand about me, I’m a very passionate person when it comes to history and when it comes to political things, and I always been like that,” the rapper shared. “It just really gets me upset when people say, ‘Oh you doin’ this s—, you’re dumb, you shouldn’t be talking about this s—’… This is a passion that I have.”
On Tuesday, she tweeted a message in support of unification. “All these conservatives been harassing me and telling me the most disgusting things these past few days. Listen I’m not telling ya to turn liberal all I’m saying is to admit that your president is f—ed up this country right now! Liberal or conservative we ALL suffer as citizens,” she said.
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The government closed on Dec. 22 in the wake of Trump’s call for funding for a proposed southern border wall.
Trump, 72, claimed he needed the wall to stem a “crisis” of drugs, violence and human trafficking. Congressional Democrats, empowered by the midterms, have rejected that — calling a wall immoral and ineffective and offering to negotiate about border security once the government is reopened.
On Saturday, day 29 of the shutdown, Trump suggested a compromise, proposing a new bill that would offer temporary protection for some undocumented immigrants in exchange for $5.7 billion in wall funding.
It currently remains unclear how or when the shutdown will end.