The Twitter account of legendary singer Elton John posted a thread on Wednesday responding to comments made by U.S. rapper DaBaby at a Miami music festival over the weekend.
John posted, “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 "Rocket Man" singer listed actual facts about HIV in the thread while emphasizing the need to end the stigma around living with the virus.
He ended the thread calling out the dangerous disinformation and lies that often surround HIV.
“Homophobic and HIV mistruths have no place in our society and industry and as musicians, we must spread compassion and love for the most marginalized people in our communities,” John posted. “A musician’s job is to bring people together.”
On Sunday, DaBaby told the crowd, “If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two, three weeks, then put your cellphone light up.”
After being criticized by celebrities and fans alike, DaBaby issued an apology.