Update: DaBaby has issued a half-hearted apology.
U.S. Rapper DaBaby is facing criticism after making homophobic comments at the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami on Sunday. The rapper also took aim at people living with HIV.
“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,” DaBaby said.
“Ladies, if your p---- smell like water, put a cellphone light them up. Fellas, if you ain’t sucking d--- in the parking lot put your cellphone light up. Keep it real,” he continued.
Social media users were quick to call out the rapper for homophobia and spreading misinformation.
“It’s wrong for people living with HIV to be made to feel lesser or excluded because of their diagnosis – it should be unacceptable in the musical industry and in society at large,” Richard Angell, campaigns director at the U.K. HIV group, Terrence Higgins Trust, told PinkNews.
“Comments like DaBaby’s perpetuate HIV-related stigma and discrimination, as well as spreading misinformation about HIV. You can now live a long, healthy life with HIV thanks to medical progress when you’re diagnosed and accessing treatment,” Angell said. “That’s why it’s important to challenge anything that deters people from testing and learning the facts about HIV.”
DaBaby was also criticized for bringing on stage Tory Lanez, who allegedly shot Megan Thee Stallion last year. Megan Thee Stallion had performed at the event earlier. Lanez came out on stage in a costume before being revealed. After he was revealed, someone from the audience threw a shoe onstage at DaBaby.
“Who the fuck threw that motherf------, busted ass, goddamn Adida?” DaBaby asked the crowd, referencing the Adidas shoe.
Later on Monday DaBaby addressed the comments he made on his Instagram story, according to Complex.
"What I do at a live show is for the audience at the live show, it’ll never translate correctly to someone looking a little five-six second clip from they goddamn crib on they phone. It just don’t work like that,” the rapper said.
“All my fans at the show, the gay ones, and the straight ones, we turned the fuck up,” he added. DaBaby said his gay fans "don't get AIDS" and they're not "nasty." The rapper claimed his gay fans don't get down in parking lots, but have "class" and have sex in five-star hotel rooms. "Even my gay fans have standards," he said.