GLAAD Releases Statement in Response to DaBaby’s Homophobic Comments

Thursday - 29/07/2021 10:03
T.I. defended DaBaby’s right to spew misinformation about people living with HIV, writing in the comments, “If Lil Nas X can kick his shit in peace… so should DaBaby.” Tip took issue with people accusing him of being homophobic, and spoke about the matter on Instagram Live.
Image via Getty/Rich Fury
Image via Getty/Rich Fury

GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) issued a response on Wednesday addressing DaBaby’s homophobic remarks during his performance at Rolling Loud Miami over the weekend.  

“The rhetoric that DaBaby used is inaccurate, hurtful, and harmful to the LGBTQ community and the estimated 1.2 million Americans living with HIV,” DaShawn Usher, associate director of communities of color for GLAAD, wrote in a statement released via Twitter. “It is critical that DaBaby and his fans learn that people living with HIV today, when on effective treatment, lead long and healthy lives and cannot transmit HIV.”

DaBaby badly fumbled his initial rebuttal to the backlash, arguing that what he says during his live shows is reserved for himself and those in the audience. He then followed that up by claiming “my gay fans don’t got fucking AIDS,” before referring to other gay people who aren’t fans of his as “junkies.” 

When the Charlotte native finally released a muddled apology, he compared the backlash to his comments to public awareness towards police brutality, as well as a disjointed rant about individuals and corporations that profit off of Black rappers and their cultural influence.   

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