In July, as DaBaby took to the stage at Rolling Loud Miami, fans had no way of predicting the chaos that would ensue during his performance.
He would make bizarre, hateful comments about the LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS communities, insinuating that they were unclean:
“If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of the deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cell phone lighter up.”
His statements would be reinforced later in the performance when he said that his homosexual followers were the exception:
“Those of my homosexual admirers, they take care of themselves, they ain’t going for that…they ain’t no drug addicts. I said that if you aren’t sucking d*ck in the parking lot, you should turn on your cell phone’s light. You know what my homosexual supporters did, don’t you? Please turn on that motherf*cking light. That’s not going to fly with my homosexual admirers. They were well-dressed.”
The statements made by Baby were met with outrage from celebrities such as Demi Lovato, Dua Lipa, and Elton John, who all condemned him immediately.
After that, he would offer a half-hearted apology on Twitter, saying:
“Anyone who has ever been impacted by AIDS/HIV has every right to be outraged; what I said was inappropriate, even though I had no intention of upsetting anyone in the first place. Please accept my apologies. The LGBT community, on the other hand… You don’t think I’m playing a joke on you? y’business all’s is just that: y’business. all’s I instruct the crowd to hold up a smartphone light in the air and begin a million-man march with it. I warned you that you were digesting it incorrectly, but I’m not going to lie, I’m pleased. Immediately express this level of sympathy when a racist officer kills one of our black assassins…. NO, YOU DON’T.”
Further criticism led DaBaby to take action, meeting with nine different HIV/AIDS groups in order to amend his views and speak for the condition of individuals suffering from these illnesses.
However, it seems that he was not as dedicated to these causes as he claimed a few months later.
After meeting with the nine organisations, three have stated that Baby has not donated or reached out to them since their initial meetings, as he had planned.
The Positive Women’s Network, the Black AIDS Institute, and the Normal Anomaly Initiative are the three organisations who have stated that Baby has not donated or reached out to them since their initial meetings.
Members of the Black AIDS Institute, including Pavni Guharoy, believe that the relationship must be reciprocal:
“If he chooses to, he has the responsibility to convert his misinformation into allyship by supporting the work of the Black AIDS Institute and other people of color-led HIV organisations,” she says.
Hopefully, this will act as a wake-up call to DaBaby, reminding him that he must continue to strive to be a better person and that redemption does not occur in a single instance.
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