Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences!
Last week, in an aside literally no one asked for, rapper DaBaby let it rip on a few thoughts mid-performance at the Rolling Loud concert. When he could have been taking a swig of water he decided to call out people giving blowjobs in the parking lot, and spread wildly inaccurate and harmful rhetoric around those living with HIV. Then, over the next few days he waffled, sort of walking back his statements and then at times not doing so. For example: while he admitted he was "insensitive" and apologized to those living with HIV, in the same tweet he wrote, "but the LGBT community ... I ain't trippin on y'all, do you."
"Y'all business is y'all business," he wrote. It is! And we're taking it elsewhere.
Since DaBaby's words went viral he's been losing opportunities one after the other. First, it was BoohooMan who discontinued their ongoing collaboration and vowed to never work with him again in the future. Then he was dropped from the UK's Parklife Frstival where he was set to perform in Manchester in September. And while those both happened late last week, the L's keep coming.
On Sunday, Lollapalooza announced that DaBaby would not be performing later that night for his headline set. And now, Governors Ball has also stricken him from their lineup.
“Founders Entertainment does not and will not tolerate hate or discrimination of any kind,” the festival wrote. “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.”
As those on social media have been putting it: DaBaby is losing all DaMoney and DaBookings.
Stars like Dua Lipa, Madonna, Sir Elton John, and Demi Lovato have all slammed the rapper, issuing statements in solidarity not only with the LGBTQ+ community but affirming those living with HIV and also correcting DaBaby's rampant misinformation.
"We need to come together to fight the stigma and ignorance around HIV/AIDS.” John wrote in a tweet. “This fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic.”