Rapper DaBaby launches into disgusting, ‘homophobic’ rant about HIV and ‘sucking d**k’
Rapper DaBaby is facing sharp criticism after he made offensive comments about gay people and those living with HIV on stage at the Rolling Loud Festival.
In video footage shared on social media, the chart-topping rapper can be heard making comments about “sucking d**k” in the parking lot and people dying from HIV.
“If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two, three weeks, then put your cellphone light up,” DaBaby said.
“Ladies, if your p***y smell like water, put a cellphone light them up. Fellas, if you ain’t sucking d**k in the parking lot put your cellphone light up. Keep it real.”
The video footage quickly went viral on social media, with many criticising the rapper for sharing stigmatising, wildly inaccurate information about HIV.
DaBaby faced criticism for spreading harmful misinformation about HIV
Many were quick to point out that people with HIV can live long, healthy and happy lives thanks to antiretroviral medication, which came on stream more than two decades ago.
dababy is homophobic??? https://t.co/qklRloJDxS
— S E F E R✨ (@_Sefeer_) July 26, 2021
DaBaby: Having HIV/AIDS will kill you in 2-3 weeks.
— Howie (@whal51O) July 26, 2021
dababy being homophobic talking about spreading HIV/AIDS while performing in front of a crowd of 1000s of ppl in a global pandemic is a juicy contradiction
— AR (@_anichelle) July 26, 2021
I'm not a fan of cancel culture but its time for the industry to let go of DaBaby. His comments specifically targeted people living with HIV, AIDS, women, and gay men, unprovoked. Not only was it ignorant as hell, offensive but sir, what the hell is wrong with you? He has to go.
— Tevon A. Blair, M.A. (@TevonBlair) July 26, 2021
He was also criticised by the Terrence Higgins Trust, a charity that works on prevention and awareness surrounding HIV.
“It’s wrong for people living with HIV to be made to feel lesser or excluded because of their diagnosis – it should be unacceptable in the musical industry and in society at large,” Richard Angell, campaigns director at the Terrence Higgins Trust, told PinkNews.
“Comments like DaBaby’s perpetuate HIV-related stigma and discrimination, as well as spreading misinformation about HIV. You can now live a long, healthy life with HIV thanks to medical progress when you’re diagnosed and accessing treatment.
“That’s why it’s important to challenge anything that deters people from testing and learning the facts about HIV.”
That wasn’t the only controversial moment in DaBaby’s set at the Rolling Loud Festival. He also brought Tory Lanez, who allegedly shot Megan Thee Stallion in the foot last year, out on stage shortly after the “WAP” rapper finished her own set. Lanez has strenuously denied allegations that he shot Megan Thee Stallion.
It led to furious reactions from fans in the audience and was seen by many fans as a deliberate effort to upset the star, coming shortly after DaBaby and Lanez teamed up for the “SKAT” music video, which resulted in DaBaby having a public falling out with Megan.
DaBaby initially brought Lanez out on stage in a giant costume that concealed his identity.
“I’ll give somebody out here a million dollars if they can guess who in here,” DaBaby said.
After Lanez’s identity was revealed, a member of the audience threw an Adidas trainer at DaBaby’s head, prompting the rapper to launch into a furious tirade.
— big mama (@beeaaaaanzz) July 26, 2021
“Who the fuck threw that motherf**king, busted ass, God-damn Adida?” he asked, mispronouncing the brand name.
The word “Adida” started trending on Twitter following his rant.
PinkNews has contacted a representative for DaBaby for comment.