Travi$ Scott got overexcited, over-turnt you could say, at the weekend whilst performing a show in Houston, Texas – so much so that he singled out a section of his audience and began berating them with homophobic slurs. Seemingly because they weren't as excited as him, he called them out with some choice words, as captured on video below.

"I ain’t cool with none of you faggots who just sitting here looking like a bunch of queers," he says. "You wearing a fucking La Flame shirt, mothafucka. You better act like it, bitch. [Or] I’mma rip it off your fucking back."

He tweeted his apology below, using the word "spazz" to describe himself – itself a slur. It's all well and good apologising, and making it clear that you are indeed not homophobic, but it's the words themselves that are damaging. If merely saying these words has provoked this much backlash, there is surely some reason in it – that reason being their offensiveness. Saying "I'm not homophobic" yet using words like "faggot" and "queer" as a friendly (or unfriendly) insult is something of a paradox: the words carry a meaning weighted towards that which you claim not to be. Sure, freedom of speech in theory means you can spray all sorts of words all over the shop like there's no tomorrow, but you shouldn't expect people to like you, or deem you a decent part of society, simply because you're exercising your own personal freedom.

Travi$ Scott tweeted that he said "the first thing on my mind" – so, his go-to insult, the negative thing to call someone in order to provoke a reaction from them, his unconscious reaction, natural instinct, was to go down the route of homophobia. Does this say nothing? That outwardly, sure, we are aware of issues, but inwardly, in our own minds, we have a long way to go before true tolerance actually surfaces. Life is not a list of tick-boxes for speaking correctly and apologising when we don't: this will only allow what is clearly ingrained within us to remain where it is, albeit hidden – only to appear suddenly in cases such as this.

Remember that time T-Pain said people didn't want to work with Frank Ocean because of his sexual orientation?