DaBaby Under Fire For Homophobic Comments
Rapper and musician DaBaby is under fire for homophobic comments made at the Rolling Loud Music Festival in Miami, Florida.
In a viral video, DaBaby speaks to his fans at his Rolling Loud set, saying for them to shine their flashlights if they “didn’t show up today with HIV/AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that will make you die in two to three weeks.”
The comments were met with immediate response from the crowd, with one festival-goer throwing a shoe at the rapper onstage; and the criticism didn’t stop there.
DaBaby took to Twitter to respond to the critics, saying “Anybody who done ever been effected by AIDS/HIV y’all got the right to be upset, what I said was insensitive even though I have no intentions on offending anybody.”
Anybody who done ever been effected by AIDS/HIV y’all got the right to be upset, what I said was insensitive even though I have no intentions on offending anybody. So my apologies 🙏🏾— DaBaby (@DaBabyDaBaby) July 27, 2021
But the LGBT community... I ain’t trippin on y’all, do you. y’all business is y’all business.
But despite DaBaby’s apology, celebrities took to social media to address the controversy, with Dua Lipa stating that she was “horrified” by his comments: many fans have called for her to remove the “Levitating ft. DaBaby” remix from streaming services.
Perhaps the biggest response to DaBaby was Elton John, a long-time HIV spokesperson, and advocate. In a five-part Twitter thread, John spoke about the long-time stigmas placed on the LGBTQ+ community surroundings HIV and AIDS.
(1/5) We've been shocked to read about the HIV misinformation and homophobic statements made at a recent DaBaby show. This fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic.— Elton John (@eltonofficial) July 28, 2021
The facts are: pic.twitter.com/MqCv3vWiz2
Demi Lovato also weighed in on the comments: they shared an Instagram post with the caption “hot people listen to the original version of levitating.”
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A series of celebrities have come to DaBaby’s defense. No stranger to controversy, rapper T.I. stated “If Lil Nas X can kick his sh*t in peace… so should dababy #equality.” Following an Instagram live in which the rapper took to the platform to again come to the defense of DaBaby, he has since refrained from commenting.