DaBaby has finally addressed the backlash to the offensive homophobic comments he made on stage at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami.
The rapper went on a disgusting rant about HIV/AIDS and homosexuality during his set. At one point during his performance, he said: “If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS… put your cellphone light up. Ladies, if your pussy smell like water, put your cellphone light up. Fellas, if you ain’t sucking dick in the parking lot, put your cellphone light up.”
Everyone from Elton John to Dua Lipa has criticised him, and he has also been dropped by boohooMAN. The clothing brand wrote, “BoohooMAN condemn the use of homophobic language and confirm we will no longer be working with DaBaby.”
The statement continued: “Diversity and inclusion are part of the boohoo Groups DNA and we pride ourselves on representing the diverse customers we serve across the globe. We stand by and support the LGBTQ+ community, and do not tolerate any hate speech or discrimination in any form.”
The rapper has now responded with a new video for his track, ‘Giving What It’s Supposed to Give’. In the middle of the video, DaBaby holds up a sign that reads, ‘AIDS’, and it ends with a message in rainbow lettering that says, “Don’t Fight Hate With Hate. My apologies for being me the same way you want the freedom to be you.”
DaBaby also half-heartedly apologised on Twitter, posting: “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. So my apologies. But the LGBT community… I ain’t trippin on y’all, do you. y’all business is y’all business.”