The American music festival Lollapalooza announced this Sunday(1) that it vetoed rapper DaBabby for homophobic comments and false information about AIDS in a recent presentation.
“Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusion, respect and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer perform at Grant Park,” said the Chicago festival on Twitter.
Musicians Young Thug and G Herbo are expected to replace him, Lollapalooza reported.
DaBaby, whose real name is Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, was widely challenged during a concert in late July when he was accused of spreading misinformation about the HIV virus and AIDS.
“If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of those sexually transmitted diseases that will kill you in two, three weeks, turn on your cell phone,” he told a crowd in Miami, according to videos posted on social media.
He also made homophobic comments and insulting statements about women.
Big names in music, including Elton John, who runs an AIDS foundation, and Madonna, who has long been a promoter of research into the virus and the disease, questioned DaBaby for misinforming and contributing to stigmatization.
The 29-year-old has been criticized for spreading misinformation and contributing to the stigma surrounding the disease.
“Disinformation and homophobia about HIV have no place in the music industry. We must undo the stigma about HIV and not publicize it,” said the Elton John Foundation on Twitter.
Faced with the wave of criticism, DaBaby apologized on Instagram, but was immediately criticized for saying in his video that his gay fans don’t have AIDS because they “have class” and aren’t “pigs” or “addicts”.
Again he apologized, this time on Twitter. He admitted to saying something “insensitive” but that it wasn’t intentional. DaBaby was nominated for a Grammy for Record of the Year in 2021 for “Rockstar.”
After topping the rankings for months with “Rockstar,” he released a version in the Black Lives Matter line, referring to the anti-racist protests following the death of African-American George Floyd by a white police officer.
In this version, he included sentences about his own experiences of police abuse.
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