Adidas Shoe Thrown at DaBaby During Performance at Rolling Loud

DaBaby was forced to briefly pause his performance at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami on Sunday, when an attendee threw a shoe at him.

The rapper, real name Jonathan Kirk, was running through a medley of his hits at the Hard Rock Stadium, when he asked the audience to "put a hand in the air with a cell phone and then turn the f****** light on."

As he ended his statement, the musician was seen deftly ducking a shoe, after it was hurled onto the stage.

"Who the f*** threw that mother******* busted a** god-damn [Adidas]?" DabBaby was seen asking in a video circulated on Twitter after his performance.

And Twitter users were quick to compare the moment to when former President George W. Bush dodged shoes that were thrown at him in 2008.

Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi gained notoriety when he chucked two shoes at Bush in a protest against the U.S. military presence in Iraq—though Bush managed to quickly dodge the attack as he stood on a podium while making a speech.

AllHipHop CEO Chuck "Jigsaw" Creekmur wrote on Twitter: "Somebody tried to George Bush DaBaby with a shoe, but he was too fast like Dubya."

Comparing the reflexes of the rapper and the politician, @TedInPittsburgh said: "Shoe dodgers ranked: 1) George W Bush 2) DaBaby."

Tweeted by @CeceandCo: "Yo the internet is wild! 😭😭 I just saw a side-by-side clip of George W. Bush and DaBaby and the caption was who had the fastest reflex. Man GWB was pretty quick for an old guy! 😂"

"Not somebody gave DaBaby the George W. Bush treatment down to the Rolling Loud," wrote @BenjaminGlutton.

Someone threw Adidas shoe at DaBaby when he was performing at #RollingLoud

— Elite Media Group (@TheEliteMedia_) July 26, 2021

Commenting on the moment, @maezttro_ said: "Can't decide between Dababy and President Bush who had the faster reflex 😂."

For his part, DaBaby took to Instagram to share a plethora of videos from the night, charting his journey to the festival, his time backstage, and his performance, which included a guest appearance from fellow rapper Tory Lanez.

As well as spraying water onto the audience—after asking attendees to throw bottles onto the stage—he also took off a pair of his own shoes and tossed them into the crowd, as seen in his Instagram Story uploads.

However, while he also shared footage of himself leaping into the crowd, no mention was made on his Instagram account of the moment he dodged the shoe.

After throwing his shoes at Bush in 2008, Zaidi became an international celebrity, though he was also imprisoned for the incident, spending nine months behind bars.

At the time, he shouted to outgoing President Bush: "This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog!"

In a 2009 op-ed in the The Guardian, entitled "Why I Threw the Shoe," he wrote, "I am no hero. I just acted as an Iraqi who witnessed the pain and bloodshed of too many innocents."

"Throwing those shoes at Bush was a response to his lie to the world," Zaidi told Newsweek in 2018. "He said that the Iraqis would receive him with roses. We decided we would not accept the occupier with roses, but only with shoes."

Newsweek has contacted DaBaby's representative for comment.

DaBaby performs at Rolling Loud
DaBaby performs on stage during Rolling Loud at the Hard Rock Stadium on July 25, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Florida. A video of the rapper dodging a shoe went viral after his performance. Rich Fury/Getty Images

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