North Carolina native DaBaby reportedly was “this” close to apologizing before almost getting canceled. New reports reveal he was going to record an apology video to the LGBTQ+ community before being cut by a handful of festivals.
DaBaby was going to issue an apology before a slew of festivals took him off their lineups. His representatives reached out to seven fall festivals but he never recorded the video, which was supposed to premiere on Sunday before his Lollapalooza performance.
Since yesterday, DaBaby has been booted off of several festival line-ups. ACL Fest, iHeartRadio Music Festival, and Music Midtown festival announced that DaBaby would no longer be going on stage at their events.
The Charlotte native hasn’t taken a vacation during the best time of year. Instead, the now-controversial rap star has shared a sneak peek into just how much he has been grinding since June.
DB went to his Instagram page with a slideshow of video productions he’s put together in-house. Baby even reminds naysayers he’s the person also responsible for directing the visual gold.
“My last 4 drops since June. 📺 All 4 videos Written, Produced, and Paid for IN-HOUSE by @billiondollarbabyentertainment & Directed By some n*gga they call @dababy . Aight don’t pay me no mind, back to work 🤫”
This week, Baby finally caved in and kept things 100 following backlash he received since making anti-gay remarks at last month’s Rolling Loud Miami festival. DB shared a message explaining why he was remorseful if his words and comments touched people the wrong way.
“Social media moves so fast that people want to demolish you before you even have the opportunity to grow, educate, and learn from your mistakes. As a man who has to make his own way from very difficult circumstances, having people I know publicly working against me— knowing that what I needed was education on these topics and guidance— has been challenging. I appreciate the many people who came to me with kindness, who reached out to me privately to offer wisdom, education, and resources. That’s what I needed and it was received.”
Baby specifically called out to the LGBTQ+ community to make sure his words were felt.
“I want to apologize to the LGBTQ+ community for the hurtful and triggering comments I made. Again, I apologize for my misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS and I know education on this is important. Love to all. God bless. – DaBaby”
Pop icon Madonna was just one of the many other members of the music industry which chose to speak out. DaBaby’s “Levitating” collaborator, Dua Lipa released a statement and unfollowed him. The Roots frontman, QuestLove and music great Elton John also shared responses in which they attempted to educate Baby and others on the harm of such offensive comments.
“A message to DaBaby – if you’re going to make hateful remarks to the LGBTQ+ community about HIV/AIDS then know your facts: After decades of hard won scientific research— there are now life saving medicines available to children born with HIV, to people who contract HIV through blood transfusions, dirty needles or exchange of bodily fluids. These new ARV’s can keep a person with AIDS alive for the rest of their lives!!! AID’s is not transmitted by standing next to someone in a crowd. I want to put my cellphone lighter up and pray for your ignorance, No one dies of AIDS in 2 or 3 weeks anymore. Thank God 🙏. And your sexist remarks about Ladies who’s pussies need to smell like water only encourage more discrimination against women who fight daily against the oppression of living under the constraints of the Male Gaze. People like you are the reason we are still living in a world divided by fear. All Human beings should be treated with dignity and respect regardless of race, gender, sexual preference or religious beliefs. AMEN. @dababy.”
DaBaby initially seemed to be unbothered by everyone’s comments. In fact he took the time to let people know that he has no idea who QuestLove even is and remarked that all of these comments wouldn’t stop people from “f*cking with the INFLUENCE”. Only time will tell.
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