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Why did Lollapalooza cancel Dababy?

Lollapalooza cancels DaBaby's performance after homophobic comments. More bad news for DaBaby. The Lollapalooza musical festival canceled the rapper's performance on Sunday after his comments that were widely condemned as homophobic. CNNLollapalooza cancels DaBaby's performance after homophobic comments

Jeff Steitzer gives Shaxx a run for his money

Where Steitzer's voice work on the Halo games focused on straight-up medals like Double Kill, here he takes a crack at the longer dialogue for in-game Crucible lead and announcer Shaxx, a man who loves PVP so much that if you land so much as a double kill, his heart rate will hit 200 and his voice will hit 100 decibels. 

Sadly, Steitzer doesn't tackle Shaxx's long-winded soliloquy about tearing out a Vexx heart with his teeth, but we do get some punchy renditions of classic lines like: "I could feel that in my bones", "Throw more grenades", "Deeeelightful", and "You eat monsters for breakfast." Oh, and who could forget "You continue to be my greatest success, Guardian." 

"I'm kind of delighted to find out you're a big fan of Destiny," Steitzer says, addressing Baaguuette at the start of the video. "As I'm sure you know, a lot of the folks who worked on Halo ended up going with Bungie to make that game, and their success has been very well-deserved." 

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DaBaby dropped from ACL Fest 2021 lineup after homophobic comments

austin360 04 August, 2021 - 10:00am

DaBaby was supposed to headline both Sundays of the festival, which is scheduled to take place Oct. 1-3 and 8-10 in Zilker Park. Both weekends of ACL Fest are sold out. 

The move comes after ACL's sister festival Lollapalooza — which is also produced by Austin-based company C3 Presents — dropped DaBaby over the weekend.  

"Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight," festival organizers said in a tweet posted to the official Lollapalooza account on Sunday. 

In the middle of his Rolling Loud set on July 25, DaBaby asked fans to put their cell phones in the air “if you didn’t show up today with HIV/AIDS or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that will make you die in two to three weeks.” He went on to make derogatory comments about gay men. 

Questlove, bandleader of the legendary hip-hop act the Roots, called out DaBaby in an Instagram post: "Right is right & his actions are wrong. Somebody Gotta say it: Homophobia/Transphobia/Xenophobia/Misogyny/Racism — this should go w/o saying is morally wrong."

The controversy around DaBaby grew deeper when he released the song and video "Giving What It's Supposed to Give" on July 28. At the end of the video, the words "Don't fight hate with hate" appear on a text pane in rainbow colored letters. Underneath, it reads, "My apologies for being me the same way you want the freedom to be you."

On Monday, as festivals began to drop the rapper, he issued a second apology on an Instagram text slide. After a defensive paragraph about the speed with which social media moves to "demolish you before you even have the opportunity to grow, educate and learn from your mistakes," the rapper apologized for the "hurtful and triggering comments" he made and his "misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS." 

Comments in response to ACL Fest's tweet about DaBaby's canceled appearance at the festival were largely positive shortly after the announcement. Tyler the Creator, Lil Nas X and Dua Lipa topped the list of possible replacements for DaBaby suggested by commenters.  

DaBaby apologizes for 'hurtful' remarks after being dropped from ACL Fest, Lollapalooza

USA TODAY 04 August, 2021 - 10:00am

Ric Flair is parting ways.

The 72-year-old wrestling icon revealed he is being released from his contract with WWE, in a statement to People.

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“We just didn’t see eye to eye on some business opportunities that I wanted to pursue, so I asked for my release. There has been no animosity and everything has been on friendly terms,” he told the news outlet.

WWE also released a statement earlier in the day, saying they “have come to terms on the release of Ric Flair.”

He also shut down rumors of him leaving because of conflicting storylines with his daughter, Charlotte, saying that’s “absolutely not true.”

“It happens sometimes in business; you just don’t see eye to eye. But how could I have any animosity towards the company who made me who I am? They literally made me who I am,” he continued.

“Some of my best friends in the world work at the company. How could I possibly be upset with the company where my daughter is currently the most decorated woman’s wrestler in history?”

“It was a mutually agreed-upon decision and I will be moving forward to pursue other exciting endeavors such as my own line of wine, my own network, as well as comic books. I had to make this decision personally for my business and my brand,” he concluded.

Earlier in the year, nine wrestlers were cut from the WWE.

DaBaby Dropped From ACL, Midtown Music, and iHeartRadio Festival Lineups

Complex 03 August, 2021 - 10:54am

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The rapper has been dropped by three more festivals, Austin City Limits, iHeartRadio and Midtown Music, following homophobic remarks he made at Rolling Loud Miami.

iHeartradio also issued a statement to Rolling Stone, saying, “DaBaby will no longer be performing at the iHeartRadio Music Festival Daytime Stage.” None of the festivals expressly stated that his comments are the reason behind his removal.

Governors Ball and Day N Vegas dropped DaBaby right before ACL, Midtown Music, and iHeartRadio announced their lineup changes. Lollapalooza also dropped the rapper at the last minute this past weekend, and he’s been uninvited to perform at the Can’t Wait: Live! benefit concert in Philadelphia and Manchester, England’s Parklife Festival, though the fest later said it wasn’t because of DaBaby’s comments.

Colorado radio station KS 107.5 also canceled its Summer Jam event while citing DaBaby’s controversy. “In light of various factors, including DaBaby’s recent comments, along with our concert partners, we have chosen to cancel this year’s Summer Jam,” the station stated.

On Monday, the Blame It on Baby artist attempted to rectify the situation once again, releasing a statement online apologizing “for the hurtful and triggering comments I made.” The apology didn’t quite land, particularly since the statement opened with him talking about “people I know publicly working against me,” among other things.

He previously shared other apologies, which also didn’t seem entirely remorseful. “My apologies for being me the same way you want the freedom to be you,” he said in a video.

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