Elton John, Demi Lovado & More Are Speaking Out Against DaBaby Over His Homophobic Rant

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Celebrities have been criticizing DaBaby for his homophobic rant at Rolling Loud.

It’s been three days since DaBaby’s homophobic rant at Rolling Loud in Miami. And the fallout is still happening. On Wednesday morning, boohooMAN, an online retailer known for its collaborations with contemporary rappers like DaBaby, Quavo, and Swae Lee, ended its relationship with DaBaby. In a press release, boohooMan said that they “condemn the use of homophobic language.

The harshest statements have come from DaBaby’s artistic peers. Legendary singer Elton John released a statement condemning the rapper. On Twitter, John wrote:

“We’ve been shocked to read about the HIV misinformation and homophobic statements made at a recent DaBaby show… This fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic.”

He also included a thread

In an Instagram story post published on Tuesday, Dua Lipa, who has collaborated with DaBaby on the “Levitating” remix, wrote that she was “horrified at DaBaby’s comments” adding that she didn’t recognize “this as the person I worked with.”

Singer Victoria Monét offered her services if Lupa wanted to replace his verse. (Dua should accept this offer.)

Demi Lovato, who identifies as nonbinary, shared an Instagram gallery post that included a photo with the sentence “HIV is not a gay disease.” In the caption, they wrote, “hot people listen to the original version of levitating.”


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 DaBaby has not been handling this pushback well. On Tuesday night, he tried to apologize. But it was confusing. And, frankly, he only made things worse:


On Sunday, DaBaby stunned fans when he went on a homophobic rant, lashing out against people with AIDs and HIV. (He also brought out Tory Lanez, in an effort to troll Megan Thee Stallion.) In his mini rant, DaBaby told fans to put their cellphones in their air, “if you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two, three weeks, then put your cell phone light up,”

He also added:

“Ladies, if your pussy smell like water, put your cell phone light up. Fellas, if you ain’t sucking dick in the parking lot, put your cell phone light up. Keep it fucking real.”

Dababy was immediately ripped for his comments. But he has gotten some support from some rap peers. T.I., who is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting over a dozen women, wrote that “If Lil Nas X can kick his shit in peace… so should dababy #equality.” (He is probably referring to his “Industry Baby” video.”)

While Boosie Badazz went on his own homophobic rant defending DaBaby. Calling Lil Nas X a gay slur, Boosie said:

Lil Nas X said he wanna perform naked on stage for charity. You don’t fuck with him like you fuck with DaBaby… Be even-sided. You don’t feel that’s disrespectful?”

What a mess. And DaBaby keeps on making things worse. On Wednesday he released the video for “Giving What It’s Supposed To Give,” his latest single. The song and video features an AIDs reference. And the video ends with DaBaby responding to the controversy. At the end of the video there’s a message, written in rainbow font:

“Don’t fight hate with hate… My apologies for being me the same way you want the freedom to be you.”

What an odd message. Watch the video below.

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