The Governors Ball Festival has joined Lollapalooza to drop headliner DaBaby, who made homophobic remarks during his set at Rolling Loud Miami last week. “Founders Entertainment does not and will not tolerate hatred or discrimination of any kind,” tweeted the festival. “We salute and celebrate the diverse communities that make New York City the greatest city in the world. Many thanks to the fans who continue to stand up for what is right. Together with you, we will continue to use our platform forever. ”Governors Ball will announce a replacement in the coming weeks before the September festival.
Several artists commented on DaBaby’s comments. Dua Lipa, who worked with DaBaby on her remix of the Future Nostalgia song “Levitating,” wrote an Instagram story (as seen by Pitchfork) dealing with the topic. “I am surprised and appalled by DaBaby’s comments,” she wrote. “I really don’t acknowledge this as the person I’ve worked with. I know that my fans know where my heart is and that I am 100% with the LGBTQ community. We need to come together to tackle the stigma and ignorance surrounding HIV / AIDS. “Elton John described DaBaby’s comments as” HIV misstruths “and added in a tweet:” This fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic. ”In addition, Madonna and Demi Lovato both shared Instagram posts that disapprove of DaBaby’s statements.
After widespread criticism, DaBaby said that its gay fans weren’t “bad gays” or “junkies”. He also released a new single and video titled “Giving What It’s Supposed to Give”. The self-made clip apparently made two references to his Rolling Loud remarks. At one point in the video, the rapper holds up a sign that reads “AIDS”. The picture ends with a message in rainbow script: “Don’t fight hate with hate”. It continues: “I apologize that I am who you want the freedom to be you.”