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DaBaby apologizes for homophobic and HIV/AIDS comments but social media isn’t buying it

Francis Akhalbey | Content Manager

Francis Akhalbey August 03, 2021 at 09:03 am

August 03, 2021 at 09:03 am | News

DaBaby was accused of making homophobic comments and spreading misinformation about HIV/AIDS during his July 25 performance at the Rolling Loud festival -- Photo via @dababy on Instagram

Embattled rapper DaBaby has issued another apology following the barrage of criticisms he received over comments he made about gay men and HIV/AIDS during his now-infamous performance at the Rolling Loud festival on July 25.

The 29-year-old was called out by the LGBTQ+ community, celebrities and other people on social media who accused him of spreading misinformation and making anti-gay comments. During his performance, the rapper, born Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, was heard encouraging people in the crowd to put their “cellphone light up” if they did not “show up” at the event with HIV/AIDS and “any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two, three weeks.”

The rapper also went ahead to pass comments about the private parts of women before saying, “Fellas, if you ain’t sucking d**k in the parking lot put your cellphone light up. Keep it real.”

Following his comments, the Rockstar rapper was dropped from the Lollapalooza music festival as well as the Governor’s Ball. Online fashion retailer Boohoo also announced they were severing ties with him.

The rapper had initially defended his comments in the wake of the backlash. He, however, issued an apology last week and followed it up with another lengthy apology on Tuesday, saying his comments were “hurtful” and “misinformed.”

“I want to apologize to the LGBTQ+ community for the hurtful and triggering comments I made,” he shared on Instagram. “Again, I apologize for my misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS and I know education on this is important.”

Prior to apologizing, however, DaBaby appeared to insinuate some of the people who criticized him for his comments had been trying to pull him down instead of giving him a chance to actually learn.

“Social media moves so fast that people want to demolish you before you even have the opportunity to grow, educate and learn from your mistakes,” he wrote. “As a man who has had to make his own way from very difficult circumstances, having people I know publicly working against me — knowing that what I needed was education on these topics and guidance — has been challenging.”

The rapper added: “I appreciate the many people who came to me with kindness, who reached out to me privately to offer wisdom, education and resources. That’s what I needed and it was received.”

Responding to his statement, a section of people on social media were adamant the rapper was only apologizing because he was losing money. Take a look at some of the reactions below:

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