DaBaby has responded to the backlash prompted by comments he made during his recent Rolling Loud Miami performance.
“If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two or three weeks, put your cellphone light up,” DaBaby said in one circulating clip of his performance.
“Ladies, if your pussy smell like water, put your cellphone light up. Fellas, if you ain’t sucking dick in the parking lot, put your cellphone light up,” he continued.
DaBaby this is weird to say?? Wth. pic.twitter.com/MDBQEZ2NsA
— ➰ᴺᴹ (@KingSeanSwae) July 26, 2021
In a series of Instagram Story videos, DaBaby defended his comments, saying they were taken out of context.
“What I do at a live show is for the audience at the live show. It’ll never translate correctly to somebody looking at a little five, six-second clip from their goddamn crib on their phone. It just don’t work like that,” the rapper said, per XXL.
“Because regardless of what y’all motherfuckers are talking about and how the internet twisted up my motherfucking words, me and all my fans at the show—the gay ones and the straight ones—we turned the fuck up.”
On Twitter, DaBaby doubled down on his stance.
“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,” he wrote. “But the LGBT community… I ain’t trippin on y’all, do you. Y’all business is y’all business.”
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
DaBaby received support from fellow rapper TI, who compared the comments to Lil Nas X’s openness about his sexuality.
“If you have a Lil Nas X video and him living his truth, you gon’ damn sure have people like DaBaby who are going to speak they truth. There ain’t nothing wrong with none of that. It ain’t got to be no hate, it’s all honesty,” he said, as reported by XXL.
On the other hand, Dua Lipa, who worked with DaBaby on the remix of her single “Levitating,” said she was “surprised and horrified” by what he said at Rolling Loud.
“I’m surprised and horrified at DaBaby’s comments,” the British pop star wrote on her Instagram story. “I really don’t recognise this as the person I worked with. 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.”