Dua Lipa is calling out the homophobic rant unleashed by DaBaby during his appearance at the recent Rolling Loud Festival in Miami.
The two recently collaborated on the single “Levitating”, and she admitted she was “surprised and horrified” by what the rapper told the crowd.
“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 in the air,” he said.
“Ladies, if your p–y smell like water, put your cellphone light in the air. Fellas, if you ain’t suck a n–’s d–k in the parking lot, put your cellphone lights in the air. Keep it f-king real,” he added.
After those remarks sparked backlash, Dua Lipa responded in a message she shared on Instagram Story.
“I’m surprised and horrified at DaBaby‘s comments, she wrote. “I really don’t recognize 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.”
Following Dua Lipa’s post, DaBaby took to Twitter to offer an apology.
“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 tweeted.
“But the LGBT community… I ain’t trippin on y’all, do you. Y’all business is y’all business,” he added.
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
DaShawn Usher, GLAAD’s Associate Director of Communities of Color, called out DaBaby’s hateful rhetoric in a statement posted to Twitter.
“The rhetoric that DaBaby used is inaccurate, hurtful, and harmful to the LGBTQ community and the estimated 1.2 million Americans living with HIV,” Usher wrote. “It is critical that DaBaby and his fans learn that people living with HIV today, when on effective treatment, lead long and healthy lives and cannot transmit HIV.”
“While DaBaby has made haphazard attempts to ‘apologize,’ actions need to be taken for full accountability and changes to do better in the future,” he continued. “It further confirms what GLAAD reported last year in the State of HIV Stigma Study that stigma and misinformation around HIV is widespread, and there is much work to be done to educate the public, including entertainers.”
DaBaby’s homophobic comments weren’t the only controversy from his Rolling Loud set. He was also hit with backlash when he brought rapper Tory Lanez onstage immediately after Megan Thee Stallion finished her performance; Lanez entered a plea of not guilty after being charged with two felony counts over allegedly shooting Megan in the foot.
DaBaby just brought out Tory Lanez during his Rolling Loud set. Megan Thee Stallion performed before him
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) July 26, 2021