DaBaby gets backlash for controversial remarks on HIV and gay men

July 29th, 2021

When rapper DaBaby performed at Rolling Loud festival in Miami last Sunday, he invited the crowd to “put your cell phone light up,” except for people who have HIV or gay men who had sex in car parks. 

DaBaby’s comments haven’t gone unnoticed – the rapper received plenty of backlash from people on Twitter. 

British singer Dua Lipa, with whom the rapper had a collab for a remix of her song “Levitate”, has also expressed her thoughts on the rapper’s controversial remarks. She wrote: “I’m surprised and horrified at DaBaby’s comments. I really don’t recognise this as the person I worked with. I know my fans know whre 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.” 

Some Dua Lipa stans have also spoken up to encourage others to listen to Dua Lipa’s original “Levitate” instead of the remix featuring DaBaby. 

Matt Bernstein (@mattxiv) also chimed in on Twitter, suggesting that dua lipa should re-record the “Levitate” remix but this time featuring Lil Nas X instead of DaBaby. 

Aside from DaBaby’s homophobic comment, he also made the false claim that HIV “will make you die in two or three weeks.” In response, Demi Lovato and Elton John have both spoken up on social media to share facts about HIV. 

Lovato reposted an Instagram post by Bernstein saying “HIV is not a ‘gay disease’” along with some facts about the STD. “’hot people listen to the original version of levitating,’” Lovato wrote in the caption, which was quoted from one of Bernstein’s tweets. 

Meanwhile, Elton John also pitched in to share more facts about HIV. John wrote: “HIV misinformation and homophobia have no place in the music industry. We must break down the stigma around HIV and not spread it. As musicians, it’s our job to bring people together.”

DaBaby responded to the backlash in an Instagram story, saying that what he does at his shows “does not concern” people online, and “What I do at the live show is for the audience at the live show. It’ll never translate to somebody looking at a five, six-second clip.” 

The 29-year-old rapper later on posted an apology on Twitter. “Anybody who done ever been affected 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,” he wrote. 


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