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DaBaby has faced a backlash from fans following his appearance at Rolling Loud festival in Miami this weekend (Sunday 25 July).
The 29-year-old rapper, real name Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, was appearing at the event when he was filmed making negative comments about those living with HIV.
A video showing the rapper making homophobic comments about gay men was also widely circulated on the internet.
He continued: “Fellas, if you ain’t sucking d*** in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up.”
The comments led to a furious backlash from users of social media. One fan wrote: “DaBaby will keep doing what he’s doing on bigger and bigger platforms as long as folks allow him to do so. His words fuel hate and violence,” while another added: “DaBaby this is weird to say?? Wth.”
DaBaby will keep doing what he's doing on bigger and bigger platforms as long as folks allow him to do so. His words fuel hate and violence. Shit is not cool.
— Charlene #Defund2AbolishPolice Carruthers (@CharleneCac) July 26, 2021
The Terence Higgins Trust, a charity that works on HIV prevention and awareness, issued a statement to Pink News in which they accused the rapper of "discrimination" and "spreading misinformation".
Campaigns Director at the Terrence Higgins Trust, Richard Angell, told the publication: "It’s wrong for people living with HIV to be made to feel lesser or excluded because of their diagnosis – it should be unacceptable in the musical industry and in society at large.”
"Comments like DaBaby’s perpetuate HIV-related stigma and discrimination, as well as spreading misinformation about HIV."
Angell continued: "You can now live a long, healthy life with HIV thanks to medical progress when you’re diagnosed and accessing treatment.”
“That’s why it’s important to challenge anything that deters people from testing and learning the facts about HIV.”
The Independent has reached out to representatives of DaBaby for comment.
At the same event, DaBaby caused additional controversy by bringing out fellow rapper Tory Lanez for his performance, immediately following Megan Thee Stallion’s appearance onstage.
Megan Thee Stallion, real name Megan Pete, alleges that Lanez shot her in the foot in an incident last year. Lanez has disputed her accounts in social media accounts and in his album released last year.
Lanez was charged with assault on an unnamed female and weapons charges in October; he pleaded not guilty on both counts. The case is ongoing.
A protective order was granted ordering him to stay 100 metres away from Stallion.