DaBaby Slammed on Twitter After He Deletes Apology for Homophobic Rant

DaBaby has come under fire once again, after it was discovered he has deleted an apology for his comments about the gay community and HIV/AIDS.

The rapper sparked outrage when he said during his performance at the Rolling Loud Miami music festival on July 25: "If you didn't show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that'll make you die in two or three weeks, put your cellphone light in the air."

"Ladies, if your p**** smell like water, put your cellphone light in the air. Fellas, if you ain't suck a n**** d*** in the parking lot, put your cellphone lights in the air. Keep it f****** real."

As a barrage of criticisms and show cancelations rolled in, DaBaby—real name Jonathan Lyndale Kirk—took to his Instagram account on August 2 to issue an apology, after initially doubling down on his comments.

"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," he wrote. "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," DaBaby continued.

"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 know education is important. Love to all. God bless," he concluded.

But on Sunday, Twitter users noticed that the apology had been deleted, leading to renewed criticism as the motivation behind his apology was questioned.

Writer Saeed Jones said: "DaBaby shot himself in the foot, then set himself on fire then jumped off a cliff and now has decided to nuke his own ghost ALL BECAUSE he'd rather continue to be an a****** than make money and do what he loves. Most people are just people but some of these n***** are PARABLES."

DaBaby this is weird to say?? Wth. pic.twitter.com/MDBQEZ2NsA

— ➰ᴺᴹ (@KingSeanSwae) July 26, 2021

"Anybody with a brain knows DaBaby deleted his 'apology' because he didn't write it himself and didn't give a f*** in the first place," wrote @StephanieFierce.

"So DaBaby deleted his "apology" to the LGBTQIA+ community," tweeted @shelbymeg_. "Disappointed but not surprised honestly."

Playing on the star's moniker, @QondiNtini said: "DaBaby only apologized to get DaBag back. When that didn't happen he's retracting the apology. Further proof it wasn't genuine. He said what he said initially. That's what he believes. SMH."

Taking the same tack, @bailacongomez commented: "dababy just lost all of dabookings and now hes going to be dabrokey soon."

Opining on the series of events, @jakekretch stated: "It's your choice to be a homophobic piece of trash. Nobody can stop you, but they sure as hell can stop buying your music and promoters can cancel you from all their events/festivals, which is exactly what's going on.

"Which is why DaBaby switched up fast and tried to apologize, realized his fake a** apology wouldn't work and deleted it again. Mans lost a ton of money all on his own. Like she said above, should've learned to keep his mouth shut."

Shortly after his performance at Rolling Loud, DaBaby posted a series of videos on his Instagram Story, in which he told his critics to "shut the f*** up."

"What I do at a live show is for the audience at the live show," he said. "It'll never translate correctly to somebody looking at a little five, six-second clip from their goddamn crib on their phone. It just don't work like that.

"Because, regardless of what you mother******* are talking about and how the internet twisted up my mother******* words, me and all my fans at the show, the gay ones and the straight ones, we turned the f*** up."

DaBaby went on to repeat the comments he made during the show, adding: "I wasn't going on no rant. That's called a call to action—that's what that's called. Because I'm a live performer. I'm the best live performer. I'm the live show killer. You interact with your fans, you get what I'm saying?

"All the lights went up, gay or straight. You wanna know why? Because even my gay fans don't got f****** AIDS... They don't got AIDS. My gay fans, they take care of theyself, they ain't going for that. They ain't no nasty gay n*****. They ain't no junkies on the street.

"I said, if you ain't sucking d*** in the parking lot, put your cellphone light up. You know what my gay fans did? Put that mother******* light up. My gay fans, they ain't going for that. They got class. They ain't sucking no d*** in no parking lot. You gotta get a room, a good one—five star hotel.... Even my gay fans got standards."

Taking aim at those who didn't attend the show, he said: "Shut the f*** up. Don't be disturbing my mother******* gay fans and making them feel uncomfortable in they skin."

"Gay or straight, or goddamn both, or whatever. Don't none of that s*** matter to me," he concluded. "What matter to me, when I'm on that stage, is putting on the show for any and everybody that's out there and that's what the f*** I did."

DaBaby has also faced criticism from a number of stars, including Madonna, Dua Lipa and Elton John, while Miley Cyrus offered to "educate" the rapper.

Newsweek has contacted a representative for DaBaby for comment.

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DaBaby performs onstage during day 3 at Rolling Loud Miami 2021 at Hard Rock Stadium on July 25, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. The rapper has faced renewed criticism, after his apology for making homophobic comments at the festival was deleted from his Instagram account. Jason Koerner/Getty Images