DaBaby is continuing to receive backlash from his homophobic Rolling Loud performance.
Now, outrage is coming from across The Pond.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sir Elton John has weighed in on the comments from the controversial rapper. The “Benny and The Jets” singer took to Instagram to share his thoughts on the “misinformation” and discriminatory remarks from last weekend’s concert.
He said, “We’ve been shocked to read about the HIV misinformation and homophobic statements made at a recent DaBaby show. This fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic.”
Over the weekend, DaBaby shouted from his stage, a rant that has caused him to lose some of his lucrative endorsements.
“If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two or three weeks, put your cellphone light up,” DaBaby said.
He further singled out men who love to pleasure other men and said that if you have HIV that you will “die in two or three weeks.”
While he could have attacked the “ROCKSTAR” rapper, he instead informed the public on the real facts about HIV.
“HIV has affected over 70 million people globally: men, women, children, and the most vulnerable people in our communities. In America, a gay black man has a 50% lifetime chance of contracting HIV. Stigma and shame around HIV and homosexuality is a huge driver of this vulnerability,” Sir Elton John explained. “We need to break down the myths and judgements and not fuel these. You can live a long and healthy life with HIV. Treatment is so advanced that with one pill a day, HIV can become undetectable in your body so you can’t pass it onto other people. Homophobic and HIV mistruths have no place in our society and industry and as musicians, we must spread compassion and love for the most marginalised people in our communities. A musician’s job is to bring people together.”
The Elton John AIDS Foundation, founded by the artist in 1992 at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis, continues to educate the masses by empowering artists with the right information to share with their fanbase.
His final message, not necessarily directed to the North Carolina chart-topper (but definitely one he should heed), was “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 must have been touched by the outpouring rebuke from a multitude of artists, brands, and influencers. He issued a response on Twitter on Tuesday.
“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.”
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.
— DaBaby (@DaBabyDaBaby) July 27, 2021