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DaBaby issues apology to the LGBTQ+ community over ‘hurtful and triggering comments’ about HIV/AIDS

Rapper DaBaby has issued a formal apology on social media to the LGBTQ+ community following his homophobic remarks about HIV/AIDS in late July. 

The 29-year-old hip hop star, whose real name is Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, admitted in an Instagram post on Monday that his comments were ‘hurtful and triggering’, saying that he was sorry for being ‘misinformed.’

He also to umbrage with the swift backlash to his offensive tirade – which saw him dropped from both Governors Ball and Lollapalooza – for not being given the time to ‘grow, educate, and learn from your mistakes.’

Apologizing: Rapper DaBaby has issued a formal apology on social media to the LGBTQ+ community following his homophobic remarks about HIV/AIDS in late July (seen July 15)

DaBaby first issued a lackluster apology via tweet last week but kept this more thoughtful mea culpa simple on social media with a text post shared to his 19.2 million followers. 

‘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 began.

‘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,’ he continued.

In his own words: The 29-year-old hip hop star, whose real name is Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, admitted in an Instagram post on Monday that his comments were 'hurtful and triggering', saying that he was sorry for being 'misinformed'

In his own words: The 29-year-old hip hop star, whose real name is Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, admitted in an Instagram post on Monday that his comments were ‘hurtful and triggering’, saying that he was sorry for being ‘misinformed’

Adding: ‘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 on this is important. Love to all. God bless.’

DaBaby chose not to caption the post and turned off the commenting feature. 

His apology comes amid the fallout from the rapper’s homophobic comments made over a week ago.

In the hours before he shared his post, it was revealed he’d been dropped from the Governors Ball Music Festival lineup that is scheduled to take place from September 24 until September 26 in New York City.

‘Founders Entertainment does not and will not tolerate hate or discrimination of any kind,’ the festival’s promoter shared on Twitter.

'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 on this is important. Love to all. God bless.' (seen in May)

‘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 on this is important. Love to all. God bless.’ (seen in May)

‘We welcome and celebrate the diverse communities that make New York City the greatest city in the world. Thank you to the fans who continue to speak up for what is right. Along with you, we will continue to use our platform for good.’

The Governors Ball Music Festival is a music festival held in Randall’s Island, New York City and sees about 150K attendees. 

He has also been dropped from Day N Vegas Festival, and will be replaced by Roddy Ricch, Rolling Stone reported. 

This comes after he was let go from the Lollapalooza lineup on Sunday and, the day before, released from his association with BooHoo.  

Issues: He also to umbrage with the swift backlash to his offensive tirade - which saw him dropped from both Governors Ball and Lollapalooza - for not being given the time to 'grow, educate, and learn from your mistakes'

Issues: He also to umbrage with the swift backlash to his offensive tirade – which saw him dropped from both Governors Ball and Lollapalooza – for not being given the time to ‘grow, educate, and learn from your mistakes’

The Suge hitmaker from Ohio made homophobic comments about sexually-transmitted diseases while onstage at Rolling Loud in Miami on the weekend of July 23. He also made crude misogynistic remarks. 

During his set on July 23, DaBaby – whose real name is Jonathan Kirk – made controversial remarks which referenced homophobia in relation to sexually transmitted diseases. 

He said: ‘If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually-transmitted diseases, that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cell phone lighter up…

‘Fellas, if you ain’t sucking d*** in the parking lot, put your cell phone lighter up.’

On Sunday Lollapalooza also shared their statement.  

'If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually-transmitted diseases, that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cell phone lighter up… 'Fellas, if you ain’t sucking d*** in the parking lot, put your cell phone lighter up,' he said while performing in Miami on July 25

‘If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually-transmitted diseases, that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cell phone lighter up… ‘Fellas, if you ain’t sucking d*** in the parking lot, put your cell phone lighter up,’ he said while performing in Miami on July 25

‘Lollapalooza was founded on diversity inclusivity, respect and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight,’ the festival spokesperson said in a tweet.

Young Thug performed in DaBaby’s slot at 9 p.m. on the Bud Light Seltzer Stage. And G Herbo stepped in for Young Thug’s previous 4 p.m. performance time on the T-Mobile stage.

DaBaby’s apology is a sharp turnaround from his previously antagonistic response to the backlash.

After being called out on social media by Madonna for his ‘hateful remarks to the LGBTQ+ community about HIV/AIDS’, he trolled her with a snide, misogynistic response.

DaBaby responded to Madonna by sarcastically smirking and saying via Instastory: ‘Hey Mo, don’t shake up dem t***ies!’ 

Canceled: DaBaby's crude comments got him dropped from multiple music festivals as well as his partnership with BooHoo

Canceled: DaBaby’s crude comments got him dropped from multiple music festivals as well as his partnership with BooHoo 

Ironically, Madonna’s long post to him was full of facts and research about HIV/AIDS that she no doubt hoped would educate him on the topic – which is the precise thing he asked for time to do in his apology. 

‘After decades of hard won scientific research – there are life saving medicines available to children born with HIV, to people who contract HIV through blood transfusions, dirty needles or exchange of bodily fluids,’ Madge tried to explain.

‘These new ARV’s can keep a person with AIDS alive for the rest of their lives! AIDS is not transmitted by standing next to someone in a crowd. I want to put my cellphone lighter up and pray for your ignorance. No one dies of AIDS in 2 or 3 weeks anymore. Thank God.’ 

Contrite? On Tuesday, the Ball If I Want To rapper issued a meh apology, tweeting that he had 'no intentions on offending anybody' and acknowledging what he said was 'insensitive'

Contrite? On Tuesday, the Ball If I Want To rapper issued a meh apology, tweeting that he had ‘no intentions on offending anybody’ and acknowledging what he said was ‘insensitive’

Adding: ‘People like you are the reason we are still living in a world divided by fear. All human beings should be treated with dignity and respect regardless of race, gender, sexual preference or religious beliefs. AMEN.’ 

Then, when Questlove penned on Instagram: ‘Somebody Gotta say it: Homophobia/Transphobia/Xenophobia/Misogyny/Racism – this should go w/o saying is morally wrong’ 

Unsurprisingly, DaBaby – who slapped a female fan last year – responded to the five-time Grammy winner on Thursday with more bravado and crying laughing emojis. 

‘I ain’t even tryna be funny when I say… I do not know who dis n**** is dawg and do not care bout loosing you as a fan my boy LOL @questlove,’ the famous father-of-two wrote via Instastory.

Snapping back: After Madonna tried to educate DaBaby on HIV/AIDS he responded back with more crude comments

Snapping back: After Madonna tried to educate DaBaby on HIV/AIDS he responded back with more crude comments

DaBaby added: ‘These n****s really think they gone influence people to stop f***in w/the influence. They go crazy bout what I say not yall. I got da influence and the nuts n****. Y’all n****s cheerleaders.’ 

Last week, the Ball If I Want To rapper issued lackluster apology, tweeting that he had ‘no intentions on offending anybody’ and acknowledging what he said was ‘insensitive.’

Then the very next day, DaBaby doubled down in his self-directed music video for Giving What It’s Supposed to Give depicting him holding an AIDS sign and oral sex from a redhead.

The hip-hop star concluded his suspiciously-timed video with a rainbow-shaded message reading: ‘Don’t fight hate with hate. My apologies for being me the same way you want the freedom to be you.’ 

Seriously? The day after his initial apology, DaBaby doubled down in his self-directed music video for Giving What It's Supposed to Give depicting him holding an AIDS sign and oral sex from a redhead

Seriously? The day after his initial apology, DaBaby doubled down in his self-directed music video for Giving What It’s Supposed to Give depicting him holding an AIDS sign and oral sex from a redhead




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