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Dua Lipa, Elton John, & More Call Out DaBaby for Homophobic Comments

Dua Lipa, Elton John, & More Call Out DaBaby for Homophobic Comments

The rapper spoke harmful and stigmatizing thoughts to a crowd of thousands on Sunday.  

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Rapper DaBaby made some homophobic comments during his Rolling Loud Miami set on Sunday, and the backlash is building more and more every day. 

In a video from the live-streamed event, you can hear the "Rockstar" rapper addressing the crowd, "If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases, that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up."

He continued, "Ladies, if your p*ssy smell like water, put your cellphone lighter up. Fellas, if you ain’t sucking d*ck in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up.” Another person on stage then adds, “Let’s be real about this shit, some of y’all n****s suspect as a motherf*cker.”

When DaBaby was called out for his words, he then hopped on Instagram to say they were meant as "a call to action" and that his gay fans "don’t got f*cking AIDS" because they aren’t "nasty" or "junkies."

Dua Lipa, who recruited the rapper for the remix of her hit song "Levitating", swiftly commented on the controversy on her Instagram story. “I’m surprised and horrified at DaBaby’s comments,” the pop star wrote. “I really don’t recognize this as the person I worked with. I know my fans know where my heart lies and that I stand 100% with the LGBTQ community. We need to come together to fight the stigma and ignorance around HIV/AIDS.”

Lil Nas X's dad, Robert Stafford, chimed in as well. “Bruh sit down you had your time,” he wrote over a photo of X and DaBaby posing together.

Even Sir Elton John has issued a statement.

"We've been shocked to read about the HIV misinformation and homophobic statements made at a recent DaBaby show," he wrote on Twitter. "This fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic."

DaBaby took to Twitter to apologize last night.

“Anybody who done ever been effected by AIDS/HIV y’all got the right to be upset,” the 29-year-old wrote. “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.”

He continued,

“For any brands, networks, or artists that like to profit off of black rappers influence on the culture, without understanding it or having the patience to deal with what comes with the position we play in our culture. Keep yo money next time." He concluded, "Other than that y’all cheer the f*ck up & be proud of who you are cuz you can’t make me feel less of myself,” alongside some upcoming show dates.

It didn't go over too well with fans. "This is what you call an apology? If our business is our business why TF did you completely bring us up out of the blue in the middle of a set? Clearly we’ve got your mind," one commenter responded.

Brand boohooMAN has also dropped DaBaby as a partner, stating they "condemn the use of homophobic language and confirm we will no longer be working with DaBaby. Diversity and inclusion are part of the boohoo Groups DNA and we pride ourselves on representing the diverse customers we serve across the globe."

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Taylor Henderson

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one! 

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one!