DaBaby Has Been Dropped By Lollapalooza For His Anti-Gay Comments
Lollapalooza music festival cancels DaBaby performance after homophobic remarks
“Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love,” the festival said in a statement announcing the rapper was no longer performing.
The Lollapalooza music festival cancelled DaBaby‘s Sunday night performance in response to the rapper’s recent homophobic remarks.
Organizers of the Chicago event said in a statement on Sunday morning that the rapper’s remarks were contrary to the spirit of Lollapalooza and that he had been removed from the lineup of the music festival’s final night.
“Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight,” the statement said.
DaBaby, known for his hit song “Rockstar” and for being featured in Dua Lipa’s “Levitating,” made the homophobic comments last Sunday night at a music festival in Miami.
He asked members of the audience 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.” He then made other crude comments about gay men and women, according to a now- viral video.
DaBaby apologized for his remarks the following Monday, saying on Twitter that those living with HIV and AIDS have “the right to be upset” and that he had “no intentions on offending anybody.”
Many celebrities and musicians condemned his remarks. Elton John said he was “shocked to read about the HIV misinformation and homophobic statements made at a recent DaBaby show” and Dua Lipa said she was “horrified” upon hearing what the rapper said.
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DaBaby Has Been Dropped By Lollapalooza For His Anti-Gay Comments
The rapper made multiple comments about gay men and HIV over the last week, prompting several celebrities to condemn him for perpetuating stereotypes.
Music festival Lollapalooza announced that DaBaby has been dropped from its lineup just hours before he was slated to perform, a move that came after the rapper made anti-gay comments at a previous performance and on social media.
The festival, happening this weekend in Chicago, said on Twitter that it “was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight.”
DaBaby has faced a wave of backlash after making comments about gay men and HIV/AIDS at a concert in Miami last weekend.
“If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two, three weeks, put your cellphone light up,” DaBaby told the crowd at the Rolling Loud Festival.
He also said, “Fellas, if you ain’t suck a nigga dick in the parking lot, put your cellphone light up. Keep it fucking real.”
He then went further in a series of videos on Instagram stories, saying, “My gay fans, they take care of themselves. They ain’t got no nasty gay niggas, see what I’m saying? They ain’t no junkies on the street.”
On Tuesday, DaBaby tweeted an apology, saying anyone living with HIV/AIDS “got the right to be upset” and that what he said was “insensitive.”
DaBaby’s management did not immediately respond to a request for comment from BuzzFeed News.
Several celebrities have condemned his comments, including Dua Lipa, who featured DaBaby on her song “Levitating.”
“I’m surprised and horrified at DaBaby’s comments. I really don’t recognize this as the person I worked with,” she said in her Instagram story.
“I know my fans know where my heart lies and that I stand 100% with the LGBTQ community. We need to come together to fight the stigma and ignorance around HIV/AIDS.”
Elton John also tweeted a thread aiming to counter the misinformation and stigma around HIV.
“In America, a gay black man has a 50% lifetime chance of contracting HIV. Stigma and shame around HIV and homosexuality is a huge driver of this vulnerability,” he tweeted.
Madonna also spoke out in an Instagram post.
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“A message to DaBaby – if you’re going to make hateful remarks to the LGBTQ+ community about HIV/AIDS then know your facts,” she wrote, adding that “No one dies of AIDS in 2 or 3 weeks anymore.”
DaBaby’s Lollapalooza slot will now be filled with a performance by Young Thug.
Lollapalooza cancels DaBaby’s performance after homophobic comments
The Lollapalooza musical festival canceled the rapper’s performance on Sunday after his comments that were widely condemned as homophobic.
At the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami on July 25, DaBaby made false and insulting comments about gay men and HIV. He also spoke crudely about women.
DaBaby defended his comments later on Instagram.
“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,” he said. “I’m the best live performer.”
Elton John, Madonna and Dua Lipa were among the names speaking out to condemn the comments.
Dua Lipa, who collaborated with the rapper on a remix of her song “Levitating,” said in a statement on her Instagram stories that she was “surprised and horrified at DaBaby’s comments.”
At least one celebrity has spoken out in support of DaBaby.
“If you gonna have the Lil Nas X video and him living his truth, you gonna damn sure have people like DaBaby who gonna speak their truth,” rapper T.I. said on Instagram about rapper Lil Nas X being openly gay.
Rappers Young Thug and G Herbo will take DaBaby’s spots at the festival, Lollapalooza announced.
The festival tweeted that it was “founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect and love,” and that DaBaby’s performance was canceled “with that in mind.”
DaBaby booted from Lollapalooza after homophobic comments
Rapper DaBaby was cut Sunday from Lollapalooza’s closing lineup following crude and homophobic remarks he made last week at a Miami-area music festival.
The Grammy-nominated artist, whose name is Jonathan Kirk, had been scheduled as a closing act on the final night of the four-day music festival in downtown Chicago. Lollapalooza organizers tweeted Sunday that rapper Young Thug would perform at 9 p.m. instead.
“Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love,” organizers wrote. “With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight.”
Festival organizers didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.
In recent days, artists including Madonna, Questlove and Elton John have denounced remarks DaBaby made during a performance last Sunday at Miami’s Rolling Loud Festival.
While on stage, the rapper called out members of the LGBTQ community and people with HIV and AIDS. Using crude language, he asked attendees who weren’t gay men or people affected by HIV or AIDS to raise their cellphone flashlights, and he incorrectly said the disease would “make you die in two or three weeks.”
DaBaby’s representatives didn’t immediately reply to emails seeking comment. A person who answered the phone Sunday at his label, South Coast Music Group, and did not give his name said, “No comment.”
The North Carolina rapper’s song “Rockstar” was one of the biggest hits of 2020 and was nominated for a Grammy Award for record of the year.