Everyone who has dropped DaBaby after his homophobic remarks
Festivals, events, business partners, and radio stations have all cut ties with the rapper after his recent controversial comments about HIV/AIDS.
DaBaby has been put in time-out.
Following his homophobic and factually inaccurate comments about people living with HIV and AIDS, the 29-year-old rapper has taken a dramatic career hit as high-profile events (including Chicago's Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits), business partners, and radio stations have dropped him from their schedules.
The reaction to DaBaby's remarks, made on July 25 at the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami, also included intense social media pushback from fans, as well as statements from longtime LGBTQIA+ community members and allies like GLAAD, Madonna, Elton John, Jonathan Van Ness, and the performer's "Levitating" collaborator Dua Lipa.
Meanwhile, 11 national LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS organizations released an open letter to the rapper on Wednesday in which they request a private meeting with him to discuss the facts about HIV and offer him a long-term opportunity to share his education with his fans.
"We heard your inaccurate and harmful comments at Rolling Loud and have read your Instagram apology," the statement reads. "However, at a time when HIV continues to disproportionately impact Black Americans and queer and transgender people of color, a dialogue is critical. We must address the miseducation about HIV, expressed in your comments, and the impact it has on various communities."
During his set at the Florida-based event, DaBaby seemingly praised male attendees for not "sucking d---," after saying: "If you didn't show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that'll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up."
He offered a pseudo-apology for his remarks last week in his "Giving What It's Supposed to Give" music video, which included a title card that read: "Don't fight hate with hate. My apologies for being me the same way you want the freedom to be you."
He followed that attempt at a mea culpa this week with a lengthier response on Instagram, calling his comments about HIV/AIDS "misinformed."
Here, a list of all the festivals and businesses that have cut ties with DaBaby following the controversy:
Lollapalooza (July 29-Aug. 1)
"Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight," festival reps said in a statement confirming that DaBaby's planned set had been switched for a performance by Young Thug.
KS 107.5 Summer Jam (Sept. 4)
Denver's seasonal concert series cut ties with DaBaby — and ultimately canceled the entire 2021 event outright — after citing "various factors," including the rapper's recent comments as well as concerns from "concert partners."
Parklife (Sept. 11-12)
Though he was initially included on the United Kingdom festival's marquee poster, DaBaby's name was quietly removed from the lineup shortly after the rapper's homophobic comments first circulated.
iHeartRadio Music Festival (Sept. 17-18)
After multiple outlets reported that DaBaby would no longer perform at the popular iHeartRadio Music Festival in Nevada, the festival made a formal announcement that confirmed his departure from the roster, which also includes Olivia Rodrigo, Saweetie, and more.
Music Midtown (Sept. 18-19)
A short and simple statement from Atlanta's Music Midtown event indicated that "DaBaby will no longer be performing" at this year's edition alongside acts like Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus, and more.
Governors Ball (Sept. 24-26)
Founders Entertainment, the company behind the long-running New York City–based event, removed DaBaby from its lineup, adding in a statement that it "does not and will not tolerate hate or discrimination of any kind," especially as it celebrates "the diverse communities that make New York City the greatest city in the world."
Austin City Limits (Oct. 1-10)
The Texas festival announced DaBaby had been removed from its lineup in a brief statement on Twitter, adding that a new addition to the lineup would be announced soon.
Day N Vegas (Nov. 12-14)
The Nevada festival dropped DaBaby from its slate just over a week after his Rolling Loud set, replacing his scheduled set with a new one from Roddy Ricch.
Boohoo Man brand ambassador deal
The apparel brand Boohoo Man released a statement condemning DaBaby's "use of homophobic language" and confirmed that it "will no longer be working" with the performer: "Diversity and inclusion are part of the boohoo Groups DNA and we pride ourselves on representing the diverse customers we serve across the globe."
Audacy radio platform
The country's second-largest radio chain told Billboard on Wednesday that it removed Dua Lipa's "Levitating" remix, which features the rapper, from the airwaves "in light of DaBaby's homophobic statements." The outlet added that while 70.2 percent of radio stations aired the DaBaby version of the single on July 27, only 49.5 percent aired it on Aug. 2.
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