DaBaby came under fire for commenting on Sunday’s Rolling Loud Miami stage about gay fans and people living with HIV / AIDS. In the new video he was directing his new song, “Giving What It’s Supposed to Give,” which was released today, he appears to be providing two clues as to his remarks on stage. In the middle of the video, he holds up a sign that reads “AIDS”. The video ends with a message in rainbow script: “Don’t fight hate with hate”. It continues: “I apologize for being who you want the freedom to be you.”
In addition to DaBaby’s “Levitating” remix associate Dua Lipa, who released a statement saying she was “surprised and appalled by DaBaby’s comments,” several celebrities have disavowed the rapper for his remarks. Elton John called on the rapper for homophobic statements and “HIV suspicion” and tweeted: “This fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic.” Demi Lovato shared an Instagram post disapproving of DaBaby’s comments.
DaBaby was also dropped by clothing brand boohooMAN. “BoohooMAN condemns the use of homophobic language and confirms that we will no longer work with DaBaby,” the statement said. “Diversity and inclusion are part of the boohoo Group’s DNA and we pride ourselves on representing the diverse customers we serve around the world. We stand by the LGBTQ + community and support it and do not tolerate hate speech or discrimination in any form. “