What Did DaBaby Say? Rapper Slammed for Homophobic Comments

DaBaby has come under fire for homophobic remarks he made while on stage at the Rolling Loud Miami music festival over the weekend.

The Charlotte, North Carolina, performer—whose given name is Jonathan Lyndale Kirk—is facing criticism for making disparaging comments about gay people and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Video footage at the show shows the 29-year-old rapper saying the following remarks.

"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."

Among those criticizing DaBaby include RuPaul's Drag Race star Trinity K. Bonet who tweeted: "Hey @DaBabyDaBaby undetectable = untrabnsmittable ... U = U ...that will educate you on at-least one of them dumb a** comments you made.."

While Twitch streamer Hasan Piker added: "dababy's throwing out 90s era homophobia daBOOMER."

dababy's throwing out 90s era homophobia daBOOMER

— hasanabi (@hasanthehun) July 26, 2021

Following receiving widespread criticism for his comments, DaBaby doubled down in his Instagram stories in a series of 19 videos.

Telling his critics to "shut the f*** up," the rapper said: "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 god**** 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 performs on stage during Rolling Loud at Hard Rock Stadium on July 25, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Rich Fury/Getty Images

The rapper said that there were gay fans present who enjoyed the show, adding: "I'm talking about my boy that was at the front of stage left, where I jumped Ask him. He got clips all on his s***, the whole night he was recording. We were turnt the whole night.

"My boy had the crop top on front row. He out there in that jungle, in that water. He out there, he standing on the rail, goddamn cutting up. He knows the words to the song. I'm rapping them b****** with 'em."

He then went on to repeat the comments he made at his show.

"I wasn't going on no rant," he said. "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."

Newsweek has reached to DaBaby's representatives for comment.

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