Dua Lipa isn’t sitting by while her "Levitating" collaborator vocalizes homophobia and anti-HIV rhetoric.
The pop star responded to DaBaby’s recent homophobic comments at Miami's Rolling Loud music festival and is firmly denouncing them. In a video posted by TMZ, the rapper is seen telling his audience to put their cell phone lights up if they "didn’t show up today with HIV or AIDS or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that will make you die in two to three weeks," and if they weren’t performing gay sex acts in the parking lot.
"I’m surprised and horrified at DaBaby’s comments," Lipa said in an Instagram Story in response. "I really don’t recognize this as the person I worked with. I know my fans know where my heart lies and that I stand 100% with the LGBTQ community. We need to come together to fight the stigma and ignorance around HIV and AIDS."
Instead of apologizing, DaBaby defended his comments. While he offered that anyone affected by HIV has the "right to be upset," he had a different message for the LGBTQ+ community. "I ain’t trippin on y’all," he tweeted. Do you. Y’all business is y’all business."
The day before he had further defended his comments, saying that he has gay fans, but they "don’t got f*cking AIDS" because they "take care of theyself," "ain’t no junkies," and "got class."
DaBaby's recent comments echo uninformed and outdated views about HIV. Living with HIV in no way makes anyone "nasty" or "low class" and isn’t anything to be ashamed of.
Bisexual singer and songwriter Victoria Monét has also stepped into the conversation, offering to replace DaBaby on his "Levitating" verse. Monét tweeted yesterday that if Lipa "would like to replace DaBaby’s verse on levitating, I’m totally available."
Monét is one of the most successful songwriters of recent years, having written much of Ariana Grande’s recent discography, including numerous hit songs from Positions, Thank U, Next, Sweetener, and Dangerous Woman. She was nominated for two Grammys at the 62nd Grammy Awards, Record of the Year for "7 Rings" and Album of the Year for Thank U, Next.