DaBaby apologizes for ‘hurtful and triggering’ homophobic comments
Rapper DaBaby is apologizing for his “hurtful and triggering” homophobic comments, saying he was “misinformed” about HIV.
“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,” the 29-year-old performer, born Jonathan Kirk, wrote on Instagram on Monday.
“As a man who has had 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,” he said.
“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.”
The apology was DaBaby’s second attempt at containing the fallout from disparaging remarks he made last week at the Rolling Loud Miami music festival.
“If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up,” the “Rockstar” rapper told the audience during his set. “Fellas, if you ain’t sucking d— in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up!”
Multiple music events dropped the entertainer from their lineups in the wake of the controversy. Lollapalooza said in a statement on Sunday that the hip hop star would no longer be performing there, stating that it was founded “on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love.” Hours before his apology on Monday, the Governors Ball festival said DaBaby would no longer be included as one of its headliners next month.
After facing backlash for his comments, DaBaby tweeted last week that his words were “insensitive,” writing to his more than 4 million followers:
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