Earlier this month, representatives from various US HIV organizations signed an open letter to DaBaby after the Charlotte rapper made homophobic remarks on various communities during his set at Rolling Loud Miami 2021, ”the letter said. In addition, DaShawn Usher, GLAAD’s deputy director for Communities of Color and one of the signatories of the letter, said, “Together with executives in the HIV field, we are requesting a meeting with DaBaby to educate and educate him.”
According to a press release, DaBaby met virtually with leaders from several HIV organizations on August 25. During the meeting “they discussed HIV history and education and the work of groups in black, LGBTQ and religious communities”. In a statement accompanying the press release, leaders said, “DaBaby has been really committed, apologizing for the inaccurate and hurtful comments he made about people living with HIV, and receiving our personal stories and the truth about HIV and its effects on blacks and men LGBTQ communities with deep respect. “
At the meeting with DaBaby on August 25th, members of the Black AIDS Institute, Gilead Sciences COMPASS Initiative Coordinating Center, GLAAD, National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), Normal Anomaly Initiative, Positive Women’s Network-USA, Prevention Access attended Campaign (U = U). the Southern AIDS Coalition and the Transinclusive Group.
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At Rolling Loud, DaBaby said, “If you haven’t shown up today with HIV, AIDS, or one of those deadly sexually transmitted diseases that will kill you in two to three weeks, put your cell phone on” and also, “Guys, if you are Don’t suck cocks in the parking lot, turn on your cell phone lighter! ”Not long after his Rolling Loud appearance, the rapper said that his gay fans weren’t” bad gay N —- as “or” junkies “.
DaBaby tried several excuses in the course of his remarks. On July 27th, he tweeted, “Anyone who has ever had AIDS / HIV, you all have the right to be angry, what I said was insensitive even though I have no intention of offending anyone. So my apologies But the LGBT community … I don’t trip over all of you, do I. All your business is your whole business. ”The next day, he shared a music video in which he held a sign that said“ AIDS ”. The video ends with a message in rainbow script: “Don’t fight hate with hate” and another apology.
On August 2nd, DaBaby wrote on Instagram: “I would like to apologize to the LGBTQ + community for the hurtful and offensive comments I made. Again, I apologize for my misinformed comments about HIV / AIDS, and I know that education is important. Greetings to all. God bless. ”A week later, however, he deleted the post with his apology.
Since his statement was deleted, DaBaby has released a video for his “Whole Lotta Money” freestyle. DaBaby edited the visual that he dubbed “DaBaby Canceling Ass in the Leading Role”, referring to the backlash to his comments, including multiple cancellations of festival appearances, a scaled-down radio broadcast of the “Levitating” remix, and a condemnation of Dua Lipa , Elton John. and other. DaBaby also performed with Kanye West and Marilyn Manson at West’s Chicago event for Donda.