Two weekends ago, DaBaby performed at Rolling Loud and he ended up offending a lot of people while he was on stage. He went off on gay people and HIV-positive people and he just went on and on. Instead of apologizing immediately and thoroughly, DaBaby was like “I’m sorry for being real” (I’m paraphrasing) and tons of high-profile people were like WTF. Dua Lipa issued a public statement against him. Elton John made a statement, as did Madonna. It got so bad that DaBaby lost work: with a 24-hour period, his scheduled appearances at Lollapalooza, Governors Ball festival and a Las Vegas festival were all cancelled. So finally, DaPublicist got through to him and he issued this statement on his social media:
“Social Media moves so fast that people want to demolish you before you even have the opportunity to grow, educate, and learn from your mistakes. As a man who has had to make his own way from very difficult circumstances, having people I know publicly working against me — knowing that what I needed was education on these topics and guidance — has been challenging. I appreciate the many people who came to me with kindness, who reached out to me privately to offer wisdom, education, and resources. That’s what I needed and it was received.
“I want to apologize to the LGBTQ+ community for the hurtful and triggering comments I made. Again, I apologize for my misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS and I knew education on this is important. Love to all. God bless. – DaBaby”
“…Having people I know publicly working against me — knowing that what I needed was education on these topics and guidance — has been challenging…” What in the world? People had been trying to get in touch with him and educate him about how f–king offensively wrong his statements were. They were privately and publicly yelling at him for a full week and instead of just stopping and listening, he dug in and refused to admit he was wrong. He even targeted Dua Lipa (his coworker) after she was appalled by his words. His argument is basically: sure, I said terrible things in public but that’s on everyone else for not educating me privately, and educating me with more kindness than I showed the LGBTQ community.
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