DaBaby offers second apology after recent homophobic comments
LOS ANGELES (AP):
Rapper DaBaby offered another apology on Monday while facing heavy backlash after he made homophobic remarks at a recent Miami-area music festival.
The Grammy-nominated performer said he was misinformed for his comments about HIV/AIDS in the post, which came a day after the rapper was cut from Lollapalooza’s line-up in Chicago.
On Monday, New York City’s Governors Ball and Day N Vegas in Las Vegas each announced the rapper had been dropped from their line-ups.
Da Baby, whose real name is Jonathan Kirk, apologised to the LGBTQ+ community for his “hurtful and triggering” comments.
“Social media moves so fast that people want to demolish you before you even have the opportunity to grow, educate and learn from your mistakes,” he wrote. “As a man who has had to make his own way from very difficult circumstances, having people I know publicly working against me – knowing that what I needed was education on these topics and guidance – has been challenging.”
It’s the second time DaBaby has apologised following his remarks at Miami’s Rolling Loud Festival.
While on stage, the rapper asked attendees who weren’t gay men or people not affected by HIV or AIDS to raise their cell phone flashlights. He then incorrectly said the disease would “make you die in two or three weeks”.
DaBaby’s remarks caused an immediate firestorm for the rapper, whose song Rockstar was one of the biggest hits last year. He was nominated for a Grammy for Record of the Year.
Several artistes, including Madonna, Questlove and Elton John, have denounced his remarks in recent days. Dua Lipa, who collaborated with DaBaby on the popular remix of her song Levitating, said she was “surprised and horrified” by his comments.
DaBaby’s representatives didn’t immediately reply to an email seeking comment.