Rapper DaBaby is under fire for spreading misinformation about gay men and HIV/AIDS.
While performing at Miami’s Rolling Loud festival on Sunday (July 25), the “Rockstar” artist, born Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, reportedly invited audience members to hold up their cell phones — apart from anyone who is HIV-positive, or a gay man who “[sucks] dick in the parking lot.”
Would like everyone to be very aware of the homophobic and misinformed shit #DaBaby said at Rolling Loud this weekend. Is this really someone who deserves any kind of platform? Think of this next time you hear his music. pic.twitter.com/FoAmjVk3V8
— McCABE (@McCabeRadio) July 27, 2021
The 29-year-old also claimed HIV will “make you die in two or three weeks,” which is patently false. With modern HIV medication, people who reach and maintain an undetectable viral load can live a long and healthy life, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In reality, it is the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS that prevents people from seeking preventative drugs like Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), HIV testing, or life-saving treatment. As GLAAD determined in its 2020 State of HIV Stigma survey, more than half of Americans still believe dangerous myths about HIV/AIDS.
Naturally, LGBTQ+ celebrities and Twitter users were not here for DaBaby’s discriminatory and inaccurate remarks.
@DaBabyDaBaby What was the Reason???? Do you kno how many Gays truly BUY and stream your Music &do you the amount of people who are living with HIV/AIDS that you attacked for nothing ?
Then The Gays break they necks to be at events like that to be completely disrespected‼️
— The Real Ts Madison (@TsMadisonatl1) July 26, 2021
Just days ago #UEqualsU surpassed its 5th anniversary and today we are plagued by stigma and misinformation from the likes of @DaBabyDaBaby and others. Let’s roll up our sleeves, we’ve got work to do. FIGHT STIGMA, NOT PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV!
— ACT UP NY (@actupny) July 26, 2021
I know the DaBaby ain't mad at folks for sucking dick in parking lots cuz uh
… SIR ?!?!? pic.twitter.com/B27PrWDcs0
— Jay Jurden Is Part Of The Problem (@JayJurden) July 26, 2021
“DaBaby is a weirdo,” tweeted Shamir, a fellow musician. “Why you THAT concerned with gay people’s sex lives? I assure you it never once crossed my mind to start talking about straight men’s sexual health while on stage…”
“Hey @DaBabyDaBaby, undetectable = untransmittable … U = U,” added RuPaul’s Drag Race legend Trinity K. Bonet. “That will educate you on at-least one of them dumb ass comments you made.”
In response to the backlash, DaBaby actually doubled down on his comments, posting a lengthy Instagram Story attempting to explain himself. “My gay fans ain’t going for that. They got class,” he said. “They ain’t sucking no dick in no parking lot. Even my gay fans got standards.”
Ugh. We’d expect more from someone who collaborated with Dua Lipa on a remix of her hit song “Levitating.” Luckily, the official Grindr Twitter account weighed in with a practical solution:
only streaming the solo version of Levitating from now on
— Grindr (@Grindr) July 26, 2021