DaBaby recently at the Rolling Loud Festival on July 25, during the music event, encouraged fans to allegedly put their cell phone flashlights in the air if they, “Didn’t show up today with HIV/AIDS or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that will make you die in two to three weeks.”
After his comments received severe backlash, the rapper issued a series of statements on Twitter, and cited that people are “trying to turn the situation into a race issue.”
“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,” he tweeted on Twitter.
In a different tweet, he wrote, “& for any brands, networks, or artists that like to profit off of Black rappers influence on the culture, without understanding it or having the patience to deal with what comes with the position we play in our culture. Keep yo money next time.”
On July 28, DaBaby released the video for “Giving What It’s Supposed to Give,” which references his onstage remarks and the rapper is seen holding a sign that says “AIDS.” When the video near the end, the phrase “Don’t fight hate with hate” appears, followed by “My apologies for being me the same way you want the freedom to be you” and “God is great.”
After the rapper’s this move, Questlove called him out and criticized him in a post on Instagram. DaBaby then the next day proceeded to share the Roots cofounder’s post to an Instagram Story, along with a rant about not knowing who Questlove was.
Twitter immediately criticized DaBaby’s immature response and also mentioned his 2019 performance on The Tonight Show, where Questlove is part of the house band. DaBaby has also been dropped by fashion brand Boohooman- according to Popsugar.
Since DaBaby’s homophobic rant, celebrities like Dua Lipa, Laverne Cox, Indya Moore, Elton John, and more have taken to social media to criticize his remarks:
Laverne Cox wrote on Instagram, “Thoughts on Recent Homophobic Celebrity Comments
I just want to take a moment to invite us to think critically about the ways in which
Homophobia, Transphobia and Misogyny are inextricably linked. I’m referencing the recent celebrity homophobic, HIV stigmatizing and misogynistic comments
over the weekend only as a teachable moment. I always strive to come from a place of love for individuals even as I might be critical of behaviors, mindsets, ideologies and structural oppression. I believe it is possible to learn, to change, to grow. I hope this live can be of service.
Stay in the love.”
Elton John also criticized the rapper’s comments and posted:
along with the caption, “Homophobic and HIV mistruths have no place in our society and industry and as musicians, we must spread compassion and love for the most marginalized people in our communities. A musician’s job is to bring people together,” with the RIGHT facts regarding HIV/AIDS.