DaBaby and Dua Lipa in the ‘Levitation’ video (Image: YouTube)
British singer Dua Lipa denounced the comments made by one of her recent collaborators, DaBaby.
As we reported yesterday, rapper DaBaby (real name Jonathan Lyndale Kirk) found himself at the center of the controversy following comments made during a concert in Miami on Sunday night.
Appearing at the Rolling Loud Festival, the 29-year-old rapper encouraged people to wave their cell phone lights in the air, but only, “If you don’t show up today with HIV / AIDS or other STD, that’ll kill you in 2-3 weeks “and” Guys, if you haven’t sucked a *** d *** in the parking lot. ” Images of the performance were shared by TMZ.
Speaking more about HIV, he made the extremely inaccurate claim that the virus “will kill you in two or three weeks.” With treatment, most people living with HIV should lead normal lives.
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His comments have been criticized for health advocates, who say people living with HIV already face a huge amount of stigma and misinformation.
DaBaby then dug into a deeper hole on Monday. In response to the backlash, he posted a video saying, “What I do at the live show is for the audience of the live show. This will never translate to someone watching a five or six second clip.
He also said he enjoyed having straight and gay fans, but his gay fans don’t have AIDS because it is a disease for people who are “mean” and “junkies on the streets”. and “Even my gay fans have standards.”
DaBaby is currently number three on the Billboard Hot 100 as a guest artist on Dua Lipa’s hit single, ‘Levitating’.
Yesterday, Dua Lipa posted a message in her Instagram Stories. The simple text on a black background read, “I am surprised and horrified by DaBaby’s comments.
“I really don’t recognize this as the person I worked with. I know my fans know where my heart is and that I am 100% with the LGBTQ community. We must unite to fight the stigma and ignorance around HIV / AIDS.
DaBaby currently has a clothing collaboration with online retailer BooHoo. He told the BBC he condemned his comments.
“Boohoo condemns the use of homophobic language and [we] examine the relationship with DaBaby. We are proud to represent the various clients we serve around the world.
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Yesterday, in a further attempt to remedy the upheaval he had caused, DaBaby finally offered to apologize via Twitter.
“Anyone who has ever been affected by AIDS / HIV has a right to be upset, what I said was insensitive even though I have no intention of offending anyone. So my apologies 🙏🏾 But the LGBT community… I’m not bothering you, are I. all your business is your business.
Anyone who has ever been affected by AIDS / HIV has a right to be upset, what I said was insensitive even though I have no intention of offending anyone. So my apologies
But the LGBT community… I’m not tripping over all of you, am I. all business is all business.
– DaBaby (@DaBabyDaBaby) July 27, 2021
Elton John was among other figures to criticize DaBaby. Posting on Instagram today, the rock legend said: “We were shocked to read the misinformation about HIV and the homophobic statements made on a recent DaBaby show. It fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic. “