The Lollapalooza musical festival announced that DaBaby had been dropped from its lineup just hours before he was slated to perform, a move that came after the rapper unleashed an anti-gay tirade at a Miami music festival and on social media.
Lollapalooza said on Twitter that it “was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight.”
At the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami on July 25, DaBaby made false and insulting comments about gay men and HIV. He also spoke crudely about women.
“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, put your cellphone light up,” DaBaby told the crowd at the Rolling Loud Festival.
He also said, “Fellas, if you ain’t suck a nigga dick in the parking lot, put your cellphone light up. Keep it fucking real.”
He then went further in a series of videos on Instagram stories, saying, “My gay fans, they take care of themselves. They ain’t got no nasty gay niggas, see what I’m saying? They ain’t no junkies on the street.”
Elton John, Madonna and Dua Lipa were among the names speaking out to condemn the comments.
Dua Lipa, who collaborated with the rapper on a remix of her song “Levitating,” said in a statement on her Instagram stories that she was “surprised and horrified at DaBaby’s comments.”
“I’m surprised and horrified at DaBaby’s comments. I really don’t recognize this as the person I worked with,” she said in her Instagram story.
“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.”
Elton John also tweeted a thread aiming to counter the misinformation and stigma around HIV.
“In America, a gay black man has a 50% lifetime chance of contracting HIV. Stigma and shame around HIV and homosexuality is a huge driver of this vulnerability,” he tweeted.
Madonna also spoke out in an Instagram post.
“A message to DaBaby – if you’re going to make hateful remarks to the LGBTQ+ community about HIV/AIDS then know your facts,” she wrote, adding that “No one dies of AIDS in 2 or 3 weeks anymore.”