DaBaby drew huge fire after his comments at Rolling Loud went viral. He unleashed in a string of homophobic and sexist language, and his apology was a bit lackluster.
In case you need a refresher, on July 25th DaBaby said: ““If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up. Ladies, if your p*ssy smell like water, put your cellphone lighter up. Fellas, if you ain’t sucking d*ck in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up.”
Several of the nation’s LGBTQ and HIV-focused charities and organizations penned a collaborative open letter to the controversial rapper. They called upon DaBaby to educate himself and become an agent of change and truth instead of furthering a hurtful rhetoric.
“We heard your inaccurate and harmful comments at Rolling Loud and have read your Instagram apology. However, at a time when HIV continues to disproportionately impact Black Americans and queer and transgender people of color, a dialogue is critical. We must address the miseducation about HIV, expressed in your comments, and the impact it has on various communities.”
“You can be a powerful and influential voice, especially across your home base in the South, where the Black community’s needs are notoriously under-represented across every public spectrum. We encourage you to share this information with your fans and followers, and become an agent of truth and change.”
GLAAD and the Black AIDS Institute, and others have requested a meeting with DaBaby. He has yet to publicly accept their offer.
DaBaby could use his status as a 29-year-old rap star to educate and enlighten his community. That is not what happened at Rolling Loud, and he’s still paying for that with one cancelled gig after another.
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