Some of the music industry’s biggest names are using their platforms to condemn DaBaby’s homophobic and inaccurate comments about gay men and HIV/AIDS.
As NewNowNext previously reported, the “Rockstar” rapper came under fire earlier this week after sex-shaming gay men and claiming that HIV “will make you die in two to three weeks,” which is simply untrue. DaBaby made the comments onstage at Miami’s Rolling Loud music festival on Sunday (July 25), but he has remained embroiled in controversy after doubling down on what he said via Instagram Stories. (He did issue a Twitter apology to those affected by HIV/AIDS, but many are saying it is too little, too late.)
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
Lo and behold, the 29-year-old’s homophobia is already costing him. On Wednesday (July 28), Questlove posted a revised lineup for a hypothetical version of his Summer of Soul concert with DaBaby’s name crossed out.
“I’m not [trying to] be all performative smurf & create a social flogging or start some click bait headlines,” wrote the music industry veteran. “That’s missing the point. But right is right & his actions are wrong. Somebody gotta say it: Homophobia / Transphobia / Xenophobia / Misogyny / Racism — this should go w/o saying is morally wrong.”
(1/5) We've been shocked to read about the HIV misinformation and homophobic statements made at a recent DaBaby show. This fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic.
The facts are: pic.twitter.com/MqCv3vWiz2
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) July 28, 2021
Legendary musician and longtime HIV/AIDS activist Elton John also posted a lengthy Twitter thread denouncing DaBaby’s comments, noting that perpetuating misinformation about HIV “fuels stigma and discrimination.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1.2 million Americans — including plenty of people who aren’t LGBTQ+ — are living with HIV.
Even Dua Lipa, who’d recently collaborated with DaBaby on a remix of her hit song “Levitating,” said she was “surprised and horrified” by his remarks.
Scroll through below to read more responses from celebrities.
The rhetoric that #DaBaby used is inaccurate, hurtful, and harmful to the LGBTQ community and the estimated 1.2 million Americans living with HIV. [1/3]
— DaShawn Usher (@dashawnusher) July 28, 2021
— Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) July 26, 2021
I will always stand with my LGBTQ+ community. Also sending all my respect and support to stop any ignorance and stigma around HIV/AIDS. I condemn any demonstration of hate. Let love shine through.
— Anitta (@Anitta) July 28, 2021