Why Lollapalooza cancelled DaBaby’s concert

Lollapalooza recently revealed that it dropped DaBaby from its line-up, after the rapper reportedly made homophobic comments and false statements about AIDS during his Rolling Loud concert

The United States (US) festival, Lollapalooza announced on Sunday, 1 August 2021, that it has removed DaBaby from its line-up. This was after the rapper reportedly made homophobic comments and false statements about acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) during a recent performance.

The Chicago-based festival tweeted, “Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park”. The festival then announced other rappers, Young Thug and G Herbo, who performed in DaBaby’s time slots.

DaBaby, whose real name is Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, has been heavily criticized following his Rolling Loud comments, during which he told the crowd, “If you did not show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them sexually transmitted diseases that will make you die in two, three weeks, put your cellphone light up.”

Several videos revealing DaBaby’s comments subsequently trended online. In one of the videos, DaBaby stated, “Ladies, if your p—y smell like water, put your cellphone light up. Fellas, if you are not sucking di— in the parking lot, put your cellphone light up!”

Celebrities such as Madonna, who is a long-time advocate of AIDS/HIV research, and Elton John, who founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation, called the rapper out for spreading misinformation and contributing to the stigma around the diseases.

Elton John tweeted, “HIV misinformation and homophobia have no place in the music industry. We must break down the stigma around HIV and not spread it.” Adding, “As musicians, it is our job to bring people together.” While television personality, Jonathan Van Ness – who is open about his experience living with HIV, claimed that the stigma around the disease was “killing folks.”

DaBaby allegedly took to Instagram to apologize, but was quickly criticized. In the video message, he reportedly said that his gay fans do not have AIDS because they’ve “got class,” and are not “nasty” or “junkies.” However, the post has since been deleted.

The rapper then took to Twitter to state, “Anybody who done ever effected by AIDS/HIV y’all got the right to be upset, what I said was insensitive even though I had no intentions on offending anybody. So, my apologies. But the LGBTQ+ community, I am not tripping on y’all, do you.” [sic]