Rapper T.I. has come to the defense of fellow hip-hop artist DaBaby following his vile homophobic rant during his set at Rolling Loud Miami last weekend.
During his set, 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… Fellas, if you ain’t sucking dick in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up.”
In response to the controversy, T.I. decided to attach out rapper and singer Lil Nas X (who has nothing to do with DaBaby’s remarks) to the situation.
“If Lil Nas X can kick his shit in peace… so should DaBaby,” T.I. wrote under an Instagram video showing DaBaby’s onstage remarks, adding a shrug emoji and the hashtag #equality.
T.I. later took to Instagram to criticize the gay community for its response to DaBaby, objecting to the criticism by claiming DaBaby was the real victim in the situation.
“Now, I understand people saying that they feel it’s insensitive. I think you guys have to understand that onstage is not the place that rappers go to be sensitive and soothe everybody’s feelings,” T.I. said in an Instagram Live session. “If that is the case, why do words cause such a visceral reaction that will lead to someone trying to attack, villainize, demonize, crucify, condemn?”
“That sh*t is…Now you bullying,” he continued. “We all stood up on behalf of gays and lesbians and people in the gay community because we thought it was some bullsh*t for y’all to have to be bullied. But I don’t think any of us did that to feel like you would now have the authority to come and bully us.”
In response to DaBaby’s remarks, Dua Lipa issued a statement addressing the homophobic rant made by her “Levitating” remix collaborator on her Instagram Stories: “I’m surprised and horrified at DaBaby’s comments.”
“I really don’t recognize this as the person I worked with,” she continued. “I know my fans know where my heart lies and that I stand 100% with the LGBTQ community. We need to come together to fight the stigma and ignorance around HIV/AIDS.”