Da Baby continues to issue apologies after the comments he made at his Rolling Loud performance.
During his performance, he made false and insulting comments about gay men and HIV and spoke crudely about women.
During his performance, DaBaby asked audience members to flash the lights on their phones, apart from those who were HIV-positive or gay men who “had sex in car parks”. He also claimed (falsely) that HIV would make you die in “two or three weeks”.
His comments sparked outrage from fans and celebrities such as Elton John, Madonna, and Questlove.
Elton John’s Twitter had the following:
“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,”
“Homophobic and HIV mistruths have no place in our society and industry and as musicians, we must spread compassion and love for the most marginalised people in our communities. A musician’s job is to bring people together.”
Madonna stated the following:
“If you’re going to make hateful remarks to the LGBTQ+ community about HIV/AIDS then know your facts.”
“After decades of hard won scientific research— there are now life saving medicines available to children born with HIV, to people who contract HIV through blood transfusions, dirty needles or exchange of bodily fluids,”
“These new ARV’s can keep a person with AIDS alive for the rest of their lives!!! AID’s is not transmitted by standing next to someone in a crowd.”
DaBaby initially stood by his comments, which didn’t help his case. The following Monday after his performance, DaBaby posted an IG Live which was his response to the critics, stating straight and gay fans enjoyed his show, and what happened there is not the business of anyone who wasn’t in attendance:
“I wasn’t going on a rant. That’s called a call to action. That’s what that’s called, cause I’m a live performer,”
“I’m the best live performer.”
DaBaby has now issued numerous apologies following his hurtful comments:
“I want to apologize to the LGBTQ+ community for the hurtful and triggering comments I made,”
“Again, I apologize for my misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS and I know education on this is important.”
“Social media moves so fast that people want to demolish you before you even have the opportunity to grow, educate and learn from your mistakes,”
“As a man who has had to make his own way from very difficult circumstances, having people I know publicly working against me — knowing that what I needed was education on these topics and guidance — has been challenging.”
“I appreciate the many people who came to me with kindness, who reached out to me privately to offer wisdom, education, and resources. That’s what I needed and it was received.”
Despite his efforts to turn this around, DaBaby was dropped from Lollapalooza this past weekend. DaBaby also announced that he will no longer be appearing at the Governors Ball or Day N Vegas festival.