After allegedly making comments about people living with HIV during his performance at the Rolling Loud festival, rapper DaBaby has been publicly criticised by celebrities and his fans for the homophobic undertone of his opinions, reports NBC News.
DaBaby has had a meteoric rise to fame and features on songs with Dua Lipa and Meghan Thee Stallion. His career has been marred by controversy and the 29-year-old rapper is often in physical altercations with other artists but, on the whole, he has managed to maintain a loyal fanbase.
This week, however, the star faced the consequences of his actions after activists and celebrities discovered that during a live set he allegedly called out to his fans telling them to put their phone lights up if “you didn’t show up today with HIV/AIDS or other STDs that’ll make you die in 2-3 weeks.
“Fellas, if you didn’t suck a n**** d*** in the parking lot,” the rapper continued. After his alleged comments went viral for their homophobic connotations, the rapper took to his social media to defend himself at Rolling Loud, reports TMZ.
In his video, the rapper says, “Even my gay fans don’t got f***ing AIDS… They don’t got AIDS, they take care of themselves. They ain’t no nasty gay n*****. They ain’t no junkies on the street.”
Furthermore, DaBaby has taken to both Twitter and Instagram to apologise, but fans and critics reportedly think the apology is half-hearted.
In an Instagram post from DaBaby that was published Thursday, July 29 a few hours prior to this article being published, the rapper asked his followers whether they’d ever had people “refuse to understand your logic, tag along with a trending topic and play with your character and do everything they can to take money out of your pockets and food out your kids mouth, and have everybody around you panicking only for you to apologise anyway stand on the fact that you were entertaining and truly didn’t mean to offend anybody or start no commotion, although they’re currently offending you.”
Many celebrities have expressed their horror at DaBaby’s comments including those who have worked closely with him. According to NBC News, singer Dua Lipa said in an Instagram story that she was horrified by DaBaby’s comments. “I know my fans know where my heart lies and that I stand 100 per cent with the LGTBQ community,” she wrote. “We need to come together to fight the stigma and ignorance around HIV/AIDS,” she said.
Elton John, who’s foundation has raised millions of dollars to fight HIV/AIDS around the world, said the rapper’s alleged remarks fuel stigma and discrimination and is “the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic”.
The rapper’s alleged comments about HIV/AIDS imply that those who contract the virus are somehow dirty or “nasty”. These implications have followed the LGBTQIA+ community since the HIV epidemic began. Many are appalled because they perpetuate the stigma that individuals living with HIV face daily.
To find more accurate resources for HIV related topics, visit the ACON website, or visit our article where we list HIV resources and organisations.