Elton John Hits Back At Rapper DaBaby For Offensive Comments About Gay Men

Posted by Zainab Pervez in Bizarre On 10th August 2021
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Rapper DaBaby is facing widespread criticism from celebrities and activists for comments he made about people living with HIV/AIDS.

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DaBaby, known for his hit song "Rockstar" and for being featured in Dua Lipa's "Levitating," asked fans Sunday night at the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami to shine their cellphone flashlights if they:

"didn’t show up today with HIV/AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that will make you die in two to three weeks," 

'Ladies, if your p***y smell like water, put your cellphone light in the air. Fellas, if you ain't suck a n****'s d**k in the parking lot, put your cellphone lights in the air. Keep it f*****g real.' along with further crude comments about gay men and women.

The rapper addressed his remarks Monday on Instagram Live, claiming gay and straight fans alike enjoyed his live show. Then, on Twitter, he said people living with AIDS and HIV have "the right to be upset" and that he had "no intentions on offending anybody."

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Celebrities — particularly those from the music industry — and activists were quick to criticize his remarks.

The singer, 74, - who married partner David Furnish in 2014 - said he was shocked at the 'HIV misinformation and homophobia' that has 'no place in the music industry'.

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Elton hit back as he shared a quote to his Instagram that read: 'HIV misinformation and homophobia have no place in the music industry.

'We must break down the stigma around HIV and not spread it. As musicians it's our job to bring people together.' 

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Under the post Elton wrote: 'We've been shocked to read about the HIV misinformation and homophobic statements made at a recent DaBaby show. This fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic.⁣'

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He went on to share several facts about HIV including how you can 'live a long and healthy life with HIV.'

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The topic is close to Elton's heart as he set up the The Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992 to support innovative HIV prevention, education programs, direct care and support services to people living with HIV.  

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Dua Lipa spoke out against the homophobic comments made by the musician.

Taking to her Instagram story on Tuesday evening, Dua, 25, condemned the comments made by DaBaby.

She wrote: 'I'm surprised and horrified at DaBaby's comments. I really don't recognize this as the person I worked with. 

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'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.'

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Dua Lipa and DaBaby previously worked together for a remix of her song Levitating, for her album Future Nostalgia.

Among his comments, DaBaby falsely claimed that HIV and AIDS 'make you die in two or three weeks', but medication to help those with HIV live long and happy lives has been available for many years.

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Pop star Demi Lovato, who recently came out as nonbinary and uses gender-neutral pronouns, shared an Instagram gallery post from the makeup artist and queer activist Matt Bernstein that explains the danger behind DaBaby's comments. They captioned the post “hot people listen to the original version of levitating," referring to the version of the song that doesn't feature DaBaby.

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DaBaby apologised on Wednesday after making the homophobic comments, admitting his words were 'insensitive' but that he had 'no intentions on offending anybody'.  

In a tweet he wrote: 'Anybody who done ever been effected by AIDS/HIV y'all got the right to be upset, what I said was insensitive even though I have no intentions on offending anybody. So my apologies - But the LGBT community… I ain't trippin on y'all, do you. y'all business is y'all business.'

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At least one celebrity has come to DaBaby’s defense: fellow rapper T.I. The performer commented on an Instagram post of the viral video and said, “If Lil Nas X can kick his s--- in peace... so should dababy #equality.”

Following the backlash, he later said in an Instagram Live on Monday he respects gay people and compared DaBaby's rant to Lil Nas X’s new “Industry Baby” video, in which the rapper proudly declares “I’m queer.”

“If you gonna have the Lil Nas X video and him living his truth, you gonna damn sure have people like DaBaby who gonna speak their truth,” he said on Instagram Live. “Ain’t nothing wrong with none of it, it ain’t got to be no hate — it’s all honesty. Everybody living in their truth.”

Update 8/2/2021: In the aftermath of his Rolling Loud controversy, DaBaby was removed from Lollapalooza's lineup, with the festival's social media accounts announcing that he would no longer play Saturday night, as their event was “founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love.”

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