DaBaby has apologised after making homophobic comments at a music festival, admitting his words were ‘insensitive’ but that he had ‘no intentions on offending anybody’.
The 29-year-old rapper had been appearing at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami when he addressed the crowd during his set.
He encouraged them to raise their mobile phones in the air – unless they were HIV-positive or gay men who had had sex with another man in a car park.
Reflection: DaBaby has apologised after making homophobic comments at a music festival, admitting his words were ‘insensitive’ and that he had ‘no intentions on offending anybody’
Backlash: In a tweet apologizing he wrote: ‘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’
Speaking to the crowd, DaBaby then said: ‘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 in the air.
‘Ladies, if your p***y smell like water, put your cellphone light in the air. Fellas, if you ain’t suck a n****’s d**k in the parking lot, put your cellphone lights in the air. Keep it f*****g real.’
In a tweet apologizing he wrote: ‘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.’
Mistake: The 29-year-old rapper had been appearing at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami when he addressed the crowd during his set
It comes just after
Taking to her Instagram story on Tuesday evening, Dua, 25, condemned the comments made by DaBaby.
She wrote: ‘I’m surprised and horrified at DaBaby’s comments. I really don’t recognize this as the person I worked with.
‘I really don’t recognise this as the person I worked with’: It comes just after Dua Lipa spoke out against the homophobic comments made by the musician
Speaking out: Taking to her Instagram story on Tuesday evening, Dua Lipa condemned the comments made by DaBaby
‘I know my fans know where 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.’
Dua Lipa and DaBaby previously worked together for a remix of her song Levitating, for her album Future Nostalgia.
Among his comments, DaBaby falsely claimed that HIV and AIDS ‘make you die in two or three weeks’, but medication to help those with HIV live long and happy lives has been available for many years.
MailOnline has approached representatives for DaBaby for comment.
Previous colleagues: Dua Lipa and DaBaby previously worked together for a remix of her song Levitating, for her album Future Nostalgia (pictured together in March 2021)
It comes after rapper T.I. defended DaBaby’s comments last week.
In an Instagram live the 40-year-old said that DaBaby has a right to express his opinion, comparing his rant to Lil Nas X’s explicit new Industry Baby video.
‘If you gonna have the Lil Nas X video and him living his truth, you gonna damn sure have people like DaBaby who gonna speak their truth,’ he said.
‘Ain’t nothing wrong with none of it, it ain’t got to be no hate — it’s all honesty. Everybody living in their truth.’
Opinions: It comes after rapper T.I. (pictured in 2019) defended DaBaby’s comments last week
Earlier this year, DaBaby sparked a strong reaction from social media users after he seemingly referred to JoJo Siwa as a ‘b***h’ in one of his new songs.
The rapper left fans confused when he released a track called Beatbox Freestyle which appeared to diss the 17-year-old singer.
However, DaBaby has since insisted he was not trying to slam JoJo and the internet has misunderstood the meaning behind the lyrics.
In the song, he raps: ‘N****, you a b***h/ JoJo Siwa, b***h/ She let the wrong n**** get rich,’ while holding up a photo of JoJo to the camera.
Fans quickly took to social media to poke fun at DaBaby for apparently hitting out at the teen star.
One user wrote: ‘DaBaby got no reason to call out JoJo Siwa like that,’ while anothe rsaid: ‘Of all the people for DaBaby to be beefing with and he picks JoJo Siwa????’
Another added: ‘DaBaby is going to need to explain that JoJo Siwa bar because I am confusion’.
Several others shared hilarious memes poking fun at the rap before DaBaby took to Twitter to clarify the meaning behind his rap.
Track: DaBaby sparked a strong reaction from social media users earlier this year after he seemingly referred to JoJo Siwa as a ‘b***h’ in a new song
Clarification: The rapper insisted the track was not a diss to JoJo but was a play on words as his real name is Jonathan (‘JoJo’) and he used Siwa as a twist on ‘see why’
The rapper insisted the track was not a diss to JoJo but was a play on words as his real name is Jonathan (‘JoJo’) and he used Siwa as a twist on ‘see why’.
Taking to social media, he wrote: ‘I love Twitter bruh,’ before he messaged JoJo directly and insisted he is a big fan and his daughter also loves her.
DaBaby wrote: ‘@JoJoSiwa my 3 year old princess is your number 1 fan. I bought her every product you have out. She think she you.
‘Don’t let em trick you into thinking id ever have a problem with you. My word play just went over their heads. All love on my end shawty, Keep shinning!’
WHY MODERN MEDS MEAN HIV IS NOT A DEATH SENTENCE
Prior to 1996, HIV was a death sentence. Then, ART (anti-retroviral therapy) was made, suppressing the virus, and meaning a person can live as long a life as anyone else, despite having HIV.
Drugs were also invented to lower an HIV-negative person’s risk of contracting the virus by 99%.
In recent years, research has shown that ART can suppress HIV to such an extent that it makes the virus untransmittable to sexual partners.
That has spurred a movement to downgrade the crime of infecting a person with HIV: it leaves the victim on life-long, costly medication, but it does not mean certain death.
Here is more about the new life-saving and preventative drugs:
1. Drugs for HIV-positive people
It suppresses their viral load so the virus is untransmittable
In 1996, anti-retroviral therapy (ART) was discovered.
The drug, a triple combination, turned HIV from a fatal diagnosis to a manageable chronic condition.
It suppresses the virus, preventing it from developing into AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome), which makes the body unable to withstand infections.
After six months of religiously taking the daily pill, it suppresses the virus to such an extent that it’s undetectable.
And once a person’s viral load is undetectable, they cannot transmit HIV to anyone else, according to scores of studies including a decade-long study by the
Public health bodies around the world now acknowledge that U=U (undetectable equals untransmittable).
2. Drugs for HIV-negative people
It is 99% effective at preventing HIV
PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) became available in 2012.
This pill works like ‘the pill’ – it is taken daily and is 99 percent effective at preventing HIV infection (more effective than the contraceptive pill is at preventing pregnancy).
It consists of two medicines (tenofovir dosproxil fumarate and emtricitabine). Those medicines can mount an immediate attack on any trace of HIV that enters the person’s bloodstream, before it is able to spread throughout the body.