Hours earlier than rapper DaBaby was set to headline the Lollapalooza Music Competition on Sunday evening, organizers pulled him from the occasion’s line-up over his latest homophobic statements.
The Grammy-nominated rapper, identified for hits like “Rockstar” and a remix of Dua Lipa’s “Levitating,” has confronted main backlash since making homophobic and misogynistic remarks — particularly dangerous and inaccurate feedback about folks dwelling with HIV/AIDS — on the Rolling Loud competition in Miami final weekend.
Within the days since, his onstage rant has been broadly condemned by music business titans, together with Elton John, Madonna and Questlove, whereas the style firm BoohooMAN announced it would be cutting ties with the rapper.
Now, Chicago’s largest music competition is parting methods with DaBaby forward of his scheduled efficiency in Grant Park.
“Lollapalooza was based on variety, inclusivity, respect, and love,” the competition mentioned in a press release posted on Twitter Sunday afternoon. “With that in thoughts, DaBaby will now not be acting at Grant Park tonight.”
The music competition’s organizers mentioned that Younger Thug, who was beforehand scheduled to carry out on Sunday afternoon, will take over the rapper’s prime 9 p.m. slot.
DaBaby didn’t instantly reply to HuffPost’s request for remark.
Throughout his set at Rolling Loud final week, the rapper informed the group, “In the event you didn’t present up right now with HIV/AIDS, or any of them lethal sexually transmitted ailments, that’ll make you die in two to a few weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up! Women, in case your pussy scent like water, put your cellphone lighter up! Fellas, when you ain’t sucking dick within the parking zone, put your cellphone lighter up!”
After initially doubling down on his feedback, he later issued a formal (albeit half-hearted) apology on social media.
“Anyone who completed ever been effected by AIDS/HIV y’all acquired the appropriate to be upset, what I mentioned was insensitive although I’ve no intentions on offending anyone. So my apologies,” he wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “However the LGBT group… I ain’t trippin on y’all, do you. y’all enterprise is y’all enterprise.”
The assertion did little to absolve DaBaby, with GLAAD blasting his rhetoric as “inaccurate, hurtful, and dangerous to the LGBTQ group.”
Elton John, who’s brazenly homosexual and a longtime advocate for these dwelling with HIV, issued a statement in response to the rapper’s comments, writing that he was “shocked” to learn concerning the controversy, because it “fuels stigma and discrimination and is the other of what our world must struggle the AIDS epidemic.”
Madonna described DaBaby’s views as “hateful” and inspired him to “know your information,” earlier than spreading misinformation.
“AIDs just isn’t transmitted by standing subsequent to somebody in a crowd,” she wrote on Instagram. “I need to put my cellphone lighter up and pray to your ignorance, Nobody dies of AIDS in 2 or 3 weeks anymore. Thank God.”
The 2021 Lollapalooza competition, which is likely one of the first main festivals to return in full drive for the reason that begin of the pandemic, will conclude on Sunday with headlining performances by the Foo Fighters, Modest Mouse and Brockhampton.
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