DaBaby brand damaged; rapper issues second apology for anti-gay, HIV/AIDS comments

Tue. August 3, 2021 9:33 AM by Gerald Farinas

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Explained to crowd that HIV/AIDS would kill in two to three weeks

DaBaby, legally Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, has issued a second apology to the LGBTQ community after losing more contracts—having been yanked from Lollapalooza this past Sunday. Among the losses are performances at the New York City Governor's Ball and Day N Vegas.

DaBaby is reeling from LGBTQ backlash for anti-gay, HIV and AIDS comments made at the Rolling Loud concert in Miami Gardens on July 25.

He asked the crowd if anyone showed up with HIV/AIDS or "any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that will make you die in two to three weeks." He followed the comment with more remarks about gay people.

The comments were directly cited for his Lollapalooza cancellation.

Elton John was quick to decry the comments, "This fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic."

Dua Lipa, who partnered with DaBaby on a recent project said she was horrified about the remarks.

An initial apology was followed in quick succession with DaBaby claiming pop stars like Elton John, Dua Lipa, Madonna, among others, as coming to the defense of LGBTQ people as profiteering move.

More cancellations followed.

"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 said in his second apology Monday.

He lamented however, "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."