This guy…
 
Da Baby just lost a sponsorship and got read for filth by Sir Elton John (and many others) after his controversial comments at Rolling Loud causing folks to label him homophobic and problematic.  And you already know his non-apology is a mess.  More below.
A few nights ago at Rolling Loud in Miami Gardens, rapper Da Baby took over the stage and caused mayhem afterwards. First, people were livid about him clearly disrespecting Megan Thee Stallion (again), who also performed at Rolling Loud, by bringing out Tory Lanez after performing his and Meg’s song together. (He later called women b—es for holding him accountable for the messiness).
Then, ish went from bad to worse:
 
This bitch @DaBabyDaBaby talking some HOMOPHOBIC SHIT??? Dude u Canceled. Done. @DUALIPA you’re #Levitating with this POS? Your camp Better call him out real quick. #Dababy over pic.twitter.com/GlLoJVRKXv
— Daniel Newmaη (@DanielNewman) July 26, 2021
The “Suge” rapper decided that the best way to interact with his fans was to tell them to put their lighters in the air if they weren’t a guy sucking d–k in the parking lot before the show.  And to put their phones in the air if they don’t have HIV/AIDS or “any of those diseases that kill you in 2 weeks.”  AND to put your phones in the air if you’re a woman whose p—y smells like water.
Chile.
Twitter – non celebs at first – lit him right on up. Black people, women, members of the LGBTQ community, and more had plenty to say about his problematic comments that – regardless of his intention – felt like he was conflating the gay community with HIV AIDS.  Specifically praising men who didn’t engage in a sexual act with another man is also….weird.  And unnecessary.
T.I., non-shockingly, decided to cartwheel over to defense.  TIP equated his comments (and his on stage sexualized acts that no one said a peep about but had ALL the smoke for Megan and Cardi’s WAP which was nowhere near this) to Lil Nas’ X’s songs. He commented that if LNX was able to pop his ish, Da Baby should be able to as well.
 

 

 
 

 

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It’s the false equivalency for us. When T.I. is riding for you, you may want to re-think your commentary.
After MANY people went in on him, Da Baby doubled down on his comments while calling people b*tches and n-words for their responses. He claimed “his gay fans are cool with it” because “one gay fan in a crop top was vibing with him”.

In the video above, he also said his gay fans don’t have AIDS “because they’re not nasty” like that.  He made no mention of or allusion to individuals who have contracted STDs through no fault of their own – such as at birth, sexual assault and rape, people in marriages where one person broke an agreed upon vow of monogamy, etc. Yet and still, regardless of “fault”, otherizing and shaming people with any type of  disease, issue or ailment is 100% problematic. Period.
One can encourage safety without shaming an entire sector of people.  If you’re not intelligent enough to know how to do that, then shutting TF up is always an option.
His tone began to semi-change when Dua Lipa, whom he collabed with recently, spoke out saying she was “horrified”.  (Of course.) Singer Victoria Monet also offered up her services to replace Da Baby on his and Dua’s “Levitating” remix.
 
 
 
If she would like to replace DaBaby’s verse on levitating I’m totally available https://t.co/UNVhH0gDEU
— Victoria Monét (@VictoriaMonet) July 27, 2021

His response was more civil, of course, but still a mess.  And still no apology to Megan or women:
 
I tell fans to put a cellphone light in the air y’all start a million man March.
I told you y’all digested that wrong but I ain’t gone lie I’m impressed.
Now show this same amount of support when a racist cop kill one of our black ass…YA NOT
— DaBaby (@DaBabyDaBaby) July 27, 2021
 
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.
— DaBaby (@DaBabyDaBaby) July 27, 2021
 
& for any brands, networks, or artists that like to profit off of black rappers influence on the culture, without understanding it or having the patience to deal with what comes with the position we play in our culture.
Keep yo money next time
us “NIGGAS” human too.#GodBless
— DaBaby (@DaBabyDaBaby) July 27, 2021

He was likely speaking about the BooHoo Man brand, who condemned Da Baby’s comments and ended their relationship. Baby was the face and collaborative partner of their brand new collection:

 

 
 

 

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TS Madison had some questions too:
@DaBabyDaBaby What was the Reason???? Do you kno how many Gays truly BUY and stream your Music &do you the amount of people who are living with HIV/AIDS that you attacked for nothing ?
Then The Gays break they necks to be at events like that to be completely disrespected
— The Real Ts Madison (@TsMadisonatl1) July 26, 2021
Hmph.
Why would a man that is suppose to be “straight” devote his entire rap career to speaking on homosexuality? Anytime this man makes the blogs it’s because either we’re laughing at him or because he’s not minding his fucking business when it comes to the LGBTQ+ community!
— BOBBY LYTES (@BobbyLytes) July 28, 2021
“Love & Hip Hop” star Bobby Lytes also went off.
Demi Lovato, who recently came out, had plenty to say as well, and told people to stream the original version of Dua’s “Levitating”:
 

 

 
 

 

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Now, Sir Elton John has entered the chat.
 
 
(2/5)
HIV has affected over 70 million people globally: men, women, children and the most vulnerable people in our communities.
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) July 28, 2021

(3/5)
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. We need to break down the myths and judgements and not fuel these.
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) July 28, 2021

(5/5)
Homophobic and HIV mistruths have no place in our society and industry and as musicians, we must spread compassion and love for the most marginalised people in our communities.
A musician’s job is to bring people together.
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) July 28, 2021
 
Y’all know Twitter had jokes:
 
The Arch Bishop of White Music Elton John said [email protected]äby is cancelled… it’s above us now. pic.twitter.com/Rce29g6n6m
— Yeet the Rich (@Chartheegreat) July 28, 2021

Elton John pulling up to shovel the last bit of dirt on to the casket for DaBaby’s music career pic.twitter.com/WmBs5LuvoX
— Flores Boy (@tomasflow7) July 28, 2021
Oop.
 
Still, Baby is posting as if he’s unbothered and “fighting the system” or whatever:
 

 

 
 

 

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He also joked about having a shoe thrown at him:

 

 
 

 

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He can make light all day, and we def wouldn’t be shocked if people who are equally problematic with disregarding hateful sentiments from rappers continued to book him, but the fact remains:
DaBaby’s mistake was thinking he could disrespect LGBTQ people like he does Black women. But you see, gay people aren’t just black. They have white dollars. Like, Elton John money.
— Rae Sanni (@raesanni) July 28, 2021
Period.