At the end of her Sunday performance at the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami Gardens, Fla., DaBaby asked members of the audience to put up their cellphones before lashing out with a series of homophobic statements. “If you don’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or one of those deadly sexually transmitted diseases that will kill you in two or three weeks, turn on your cell phone,” the rapper said. He went on to tell the public to put their cell phones up on if they weren’t gay men having sex in parking lots.
DaBaby, born Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, exploded into the Top 40 of the charts in 2019 with hits like Suck and the Grammy nominees BOP. It has also been featured on songs by other artists including Chance the Rapper, Megan Thee Stallion and Camila Cabello.
Celebrities criticize the rapper’s words
John, who has been openly gay for decades, wrote on Twitter Wednesday that he was “shocked” to hear the rapper’s comments about HIV.
“It fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic,” he tweeted.
(1/5) We were shocked to read the misinformation about HIV and the homophobic statements made on a recent DaBaby show. It fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic.
The facts are: pic.twitter. en / MqCv3vWiz2
In a series of tweets, John listed statistics on HIV / AIDS and noted that “you can live long and healthy with HIV. Treatment is so advanced that with one pill a day, HIV can become undetectable in your body, so you cannot pass it on to other people. “
Dua Lipa, who featured DaBaby on her hit single levitating, who spent 42 weeks in the Billboard Top 100 and is currently number three, took to Instagram on Tuesday to express concern over the rapper’s comments and say she was “surprised and horrified” to hear them.
“I really don’t recognize this as the person I worked with. I know my fans know where my heart is and I’m 100 [per cent] with the LGBTQ community. “
On Tuesday, the rapper apologized on Twitter, saying his comments were “insensitive.”
Anyone who has ever been affected by AIDS / HIV has a right to be upset, what I said was insensitive even though I have no intention of offending anyone. So my apologies 🙏🏾
But the LGBT community… I’m not bothering you, are you. all business is all business.
“Anyone who has ever been [affected] by AIDS / HIV you all have the right to be upset, what I said was callous even though I have no intention of offending anyone, ”he wrote on Twitter.
He first responded to the backlash on his personal Instagram page on Monday, saying his gay fans “take care of themselves” and weren’t the “junkies” he referred to in his comments at the concert.
Clothing brand drops rapper
British clothing brand boohooMan ditched the rapper on Wednesday, saying on social media that it condemned the use of homophobic language.
“We won’t be working with DaBaby anymore,” the brand tweeted.
boohooMAN condemns the use of homophobic language and confirms that we will no longer be working with DaBaby.
Diversity and inclusion are part of the boohoo group’s DNA and we are proud to represent the diverse clients we serve around the world.
“Diversity and inclusion are part of the DNA of the boohoo group and we are proud to represent the diverse clients we serve around the world. “
In June, boohooMan released a 100-piece collection featuring the rapper. The company also released a Pride Month collection that month, donating the proceeds to It gets better, a nonprofit organization in the United States that works to empower LGBTQ youth around the world.
Other rappers speak out
While many condemned the rapper’s words, others supported him.
“Social media is full of confusion and words are often misinterpreted,” rapper TI said after DaBaby’s performance.
” If you [gonna] having the Lil Nas X video and making it live its truth, you’re really gonna have people like DaBaby going to speak their truth. “
Rapper Lil Nas X turned out to be publicly gay on Twitter in June 2019, pointing to the words of his song, C7fermeture. He then tweeted “I thought it was obvious” and posted a photo of his album cover zoomed in on a building with a rainbow on it.
Since then his videos have at times featured provocative themes, and the latest, Baby Industry, features a scene where the 22-year-old rapper dances with a group of naked men in a prison cell.