Nearly two weeks ago popular US rapper DaBaby went on a homophobic rant during the Rolling Loud Festival, and the internet has called him out on it in a big way. Facing immense pressure from the public, popular music festivals Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, and Day N Vegas all decided to pull DaBaby from their headlining sets. He was also pulled from his brand ambassador deal with Boohoo Man.
The Rant at Rolling Loud
In the video, DaBaby can be heard instructing his fans to light up their phones if “you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexual transmitted diseases that make you die in two or three weeks” and if “you ain’t suck a n****’s dick in the parking lot.”
Watch his homophobic rant here:
After first getting confronted, the rapper tried to defend himself by posting that his fans do not have AIDS because they “ain’t no nasty gay n****s.” But as public pressure increased, DaBaby admitted that his comments at Rolling Loud were “insensitive,” but defensively proceeded to suggest that people are “digesting” the comments wrong.
And to make matters worse, DaBaby followed up by releasing a music video for his new song “Giving What It’s Supposed To Give”. In the song, the rapper is seen holding up a sign reading “AIDS” while rapping: “We’re on your ass like AIDS. We don’t go away.” The music video ends with the statement: “Don’t Fight Hate With Hate”, followed up with “Apologies for being me”. As a result, many people on social media have said that his responses have fallen very short of a sincere apology.
DaBaby continued to face criticism for his comments with musicians such as Dua Lipa, Elton John, Madonna, and more for speaking out. Dua Lipa, who collaborated with the rapper on the viral remix of her song “Levitating,” said she was “surprised and horrified” by his comments.
He then issued a more articulate yet defensive apology.
“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,” he wrote. “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.”
“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 knew education on this is important. Love to all. God bless. – DaBaby”
According to Billboard, the rapper was given an opportunity to apologize before losing his festival opportunities. The rappers team apparently reached out to seven promoters but their efforts proved to be unfruitful as he failed to deliver the apology video in time.
As of 3/8/21, the rapper has also been pulled from Parklife, Austin City Limits, and iHeartRadio festivals.
This article is up-to-date, but is incomplete as the aftermath is still unfolding.
Sources: The Daily Beast, Uproxx, NBC, and Variety