Why was Dababy dropped?
American rapper DaBaby was dropped from three more music festivals on Tuesday, in the latest backlash for disparaging comments he made during a recent performance about LGBTQ+ people and those with HIV/AIDS. ForbesRapper DaBaby Dropped From IHeart Radio, Two Other Music Festivals Over Homophobic Remarks
What festivals dropped Dababy?
DaBaby issued a formal apology for his comments on Monday (Aug. 2). The rapper has now been dropped from five music festivals in the last few days, after Day N Vegas and Governors Ball removed him from their lineups on Monday and Lollapalooza announced his removal from the festival on Sunday. BillboardDaBaby Dropped From Three More Music Festivals the Day After His Apology
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The public backlash against DaBaby began when he went on a homophobic rant during the Rolling Loud concert in Miami on Sunday. After being called out by fans and celebrities alike, he doubled down on his tone deaf comments, saying that people took his statement out of context. That was hardly the case. By Monday, Governors Ball, Lollapalooza and Day N Vegas dropped DaBaby from upcoming events. Founders Entertainment, the organizers of Governors Ball, noted that they do not “tolerate hate or discrimination of any kind.”
It seemed as if the rapper had finally gotten a touch of reality and maybe some words of advice from his publicist. He eventually posted an apology on social media Monday. But the damage has already been done. On Tuesday, Austin City Limits and iHeartRadio also nixed him from their setlists.
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Austin City Limits, Music Midtown and iHeartRADIO festivals have all dropped the rapper
DaBaby has been removed from more music festivals following ongoing fallout from homophobic comments made by the rapper last month.
The rapper, real name Jonathan Kirk, has been widely condemned for the remarks he made about homosexuality and people with HIV/AIDS while on stage in Miami on July 25, with the likes of Elton John, Madonna and Dua Lipa all criticising DaBaby last week.
Now, festivals including October’s Austin City Limits and next month’s Music Midtown have also announced that DaBaby will no longer be appearing.
Austin City Limits, which is run by the same promoters as Lollapalooza, C3 Presents, said “DaBaby will no longer be performing at Austin City Limits Music Festival — lineup update coming soon.”
DaBaby will no longer be performing at Austin City Limits Music Festival — lineup update coming soon. pic.twitter.com/jAYfdJFxJf
— ACL Festival (@aclfestival) August 3, 2021
Music Midtown posted a near-identical statement. “DaBaby will no longer be performing at Midtown Music Festival. Lineup update coming soon.”
In addition, Rolling Stone reports that DaBaby has been dropped from the bill of iHeartRADIO Festival in Las Vegas, which also takes place next month.
The HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust denounced DaBaby’s comments last week, saying that they “perpetuate HIV-related stigma and discrimination, as well as spreading misinformation about HIV”.
DaBaby first apologised for the remarks on Twitter on July 27, saying he had been “insensitive” and “anybody who done ever been effected by AIDS/HIV y’all got the right to be upset”. However, he later added: “Y’all cheer the fuck up & be proud of who you are cuz you can’t make me feel less of myself.”
Yesterday (August 2) he offered a second apology. “I want to apologise to the LGBTQ+ community for the hurtful and triggering comments I made. Again, I apologise for my misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS and I knew education on this is important. Love to all. God bless.”
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