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DaBaby admits that controversial comments at festival were “insensitive”

By | Published on Wednesday 28 July 2021


Rapper DaBaby has apologised – somewhat – for homophobic comments made during at performance at the Rolling Loud Miami festival on Sunday. Although he maintains that those comments have been taken out of context and were not intended to offend.

“If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases, that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up”, he said from the stage on Sunday. “Ladies, if your pussy smell like water, put your cellphone lighter up! Fellas, if you ain’t sucking dick in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up!”

Following heavy criticism for these remarks, the rapper defended himself in his Instagram stories on Monday, saying that anything said on stage was meant only for those there in the audience. People on the internet had no business listening to those comments, let alone commenting on them.

He then added: “My gay fans don’t got fucking AIDS, stupid ass niggas. They don’t got AIDS. My gay fans, they take care of themselves. They ain’t no nasty gay niggas. See what I’m saying? They ain’t no junkies in the street”.

Funnily enough, that didn’t actually stop people from criticising him. It also saw many call on other artists to condemn the rapper. In particular, Dua Lipa was singled out, who released a reworked version of her track ‘Levitating’ featuring DaBaby last year.

Many fans demanded that version of the track to be removed from streaming services and download stores. Stopping short of that, Lipa said in a statement on her own Instagram stories yesterday: “I’m surprised and horrified at DaBaby’s comments. I really don’t recognise this as the person I worked with. I know my fans know where my heart lies and that I stand 100% with the LGTBQ community. We need to come together to fight the stigma and ignorance around HIV/AIDS”.

Addressing the backlash to his comments again on Twitter last night, DaBaby wrote: “I tell fans to put a cellphone light in the air [and] y’all start a million man march. I told you y’all digested that wrong but I ain’t gone lie, I’m impressed. Now show this same amount of support when a racist cop kill one of our black ass… YA NOT”.

“Anybody who done ever been effected by AIDS/HIV, y’all got the right to be upset”, he went on. “What I said was insensitive even though I have no intentions on offending anybody. So my apologies. But the LGBT community… I ain’t trippin on y’all, do you. Y’all business is y’all business”.

DaBaby has more live shows coming up in Texas and Chicago this weekend. No word yet on what offensive banter he has planned.