DaBaby caused himself a great deal of controversy when he made homophobic comments regarding HIV/AIDS at Rolling Loud Miami. HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ organizations penned an open letter to Baby requesting a meeting. That meeting did occur.
Now, The Daily Beast has reported that DaBaby hasn’t lived up to his end of the bargain. Pavni Guharoy, a communications consultant for the Black AIDS Institute, told the outlet that after the closed-door conversation, they were ghosted. Guharoy explained that it’s up to him if he wants to participate.
“Since then, we have not received any outreach, partnership, or funding from DaBaby. The onus is now on him, if he chooses to, to convert his misinformation into allyship by supporting the work of the Black AIDS Institute and other people of color-led HIV organizations.”
DaBaby’s career suffered because of the ignorant comments. He was dropped from multiple festivals over the summer. Lollapalooza even offered him to keep his spot if he made a public apology. He chose not to do so.
After DaBaby’s promise to work towards understanding and positively promoting HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ causes, things seemed to have been smoothed over. Baby was even working with Rolling Loud on a new tour. The news of his unwillingness to follow up might change some plans.
Venita Ray of the Positive Women’s Network also said that DaBaby has not contacted, donated, or offered support to the group. Despite a productive conversation, no action has followed. It appears DaBaby has backed down on his word. Today (December 1st, 2021) marks World AIDS Day.
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