Rapper DaBaby is facing widespread criticism from celebrities and activists for comments he made about people living with HIV/AIDS. DaBaby, known for his hit song "Rockstar" and for being featured in Dua Lipa's "Levitating," asked fans Sunday night at the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami to shine their cellphone flashlights if they "didn’t show up today with HIV/AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that will make you die in two to three weeks," along with further crude comments about gay men and women, according to a now-viral video.
Saying sorry. DaBaby issued a second apology after receiving backlash for homophobic comments made during the Rolling Loud Miami music festival. The Ohio native (whose real name is Jonathan Kirk) made headlines earlier this week after he compared people living with HIV and AIDS to “junkies on the street” while performing on Sunday, July 25. Just days later, the “Rockstar” rapper, 29, alluded to his controversial statement in the music video for his song “Giving What It’s Supposed to Give.”
(CNN) — DaBaby has addressed his recent controversial comments at the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami. The rapper was criticized after video of his Sunday night performance began circulating on social media. During the performance, he made false and insulting comments about gay men and HIV, and spoke crudely...
UPDATED 7/29, 10:58 p.m. ET: DaBaby caught wind of Questlove calling him out for his homophobic rant and responded on Instagram. “I ain’t even tryna be funny when i say …. i do NOT KNOW WHO DIS N*GGA IS DAWG,” the rapper wrote, adding, “& do not care about losing you as a fan my boy lol @questlove.”
DaBaby used his new music video to address the controversy over his recent homophobic comments but stopped short of offering an apology for them. At the end of the visual companion to “Giving What It’s Supposed to Give,” the rapper wrote, “Don’t fight hate with hate. My apologies for being me the same way you want the freedom to be you.” He did not, in fact, offer an apology to the LGBTQ community. At the Rolling Loud festival the previous weekend, DaBaby had said to a crowd, “If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two or three weeks, put your cellphone light up.” Defending himself on Instagram in the following days, he wrote that his fans did not have AIDS because they “ain’t no nasty gay n---as.” On Twitter on Wednesday, he did apologize to people with AIDS: “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.” Dua Lipa, who collaborated with DaBaby on a successful remix of her song “Levitating,” said she was “surprised and horrified” by the remarks, as did pop legend Elton John.
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The third and final day of Rolling Loud 2021 in Miami (July 25) didn't skimp out on the fiery performances and major league appearances. Not only were fans treated to the crafty showmanship of hometown hero Rick Ross, but T-Pain's flair and zany personality kept the party rocking too. And it wasn't only the veterans who flexed their stage prowess: Today's generation of stars -- including Post Malone, Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby, and Jack Harlow -- steamrolled through their sets with relative ease.
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DaBaby is addressing his controversial remarks. The artist took to Twitter on Tuesday to share his "apologies," after massive backlash over anti-LGBTQ remarks he made at the Rolling Loud festival over the weekend. "Anybody who done ever been effected by AIDS/HIV y’all got the right to be upset, what I...