Rapper DaBaby has apologised on Twitter for the homophobic comments he made at a recent concert.
During his set at Rolling Loud Miami, DaBaby said, “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… Fellas, if you ain’t sucking dick in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up.”
DaBaby defends comments
The rapper, who featured on Dua Lipa’s song ‘Levitating’, initially doubled down on his comments.
The day after the concert, DaBaby took to Instagram Live, saying that what happens at his shows is no one else’s business.
“It’ll never translate correctly to somebody looking at a little five-, six-second clip from their crib on their phone. It just don’t work like that, right?” he said.
“Me and all my fans at the show, the gay ones and the straight ones, we turned the fuck up.”
Argument over comments
Fellow rapper T.I. defended Dababy in an IGTV video where he said he had a lot of respect for queer rappers like Lil Nas X and Frank Ocean, but people should also respect DaBaby’s opinion.
“If you gon’ have the ‘WAP’ video, you gon’ damn sure have the Lil Nas X video. And if you gon’ have the Lil Nas X video and him living his truth, you gon’ damn sure have people like DaBaby who gon’ speak they truth and it ain’t none wrong with none of it,” said T.I.
Meanwhile, pop sensation Dua Lipa said on her Instagram story that she was surprised and horrified by what DaBaby said about the LGBTQIA+ community and those affected by HIV.
“I really don’t recognize this as the person I worked with,” Dua Lipa said.
“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.”
Gay rapper Lil Nas X has not commented, but his father chimed into the debate, sharing a photo of his son with DaBaby and the caption, “Bruh sit down, you’ve had your time”.
Following his homophobic remarks and the online commentary from other celebrities, DaBaby issued a Twitter apology to the LGBTQIA+ community and those affected by HIV.
“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,” he posted.
“So my apologies. But the LGBT community… I ain’t trippin on y’all, do you. y’all business is y’all business.”
The tweet has received mixed responses, with some thanking DaBaby for holding himself accountable, while others say his apology does not make up for the offensive remarks he made.