The 29-year-old was performing in Miami at the Rolling Loud music festival, when he launched into an anti-gay rant. “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 cellphone lighter up,” he told the adoring crowd, Radar reported.
He continued: “Ladies, if your p***y smell like water, put your cellphone lighter up. Fellas, if you ain’t sucking dick in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up.” His DJ in the background added: “Let’s be real about this sh*t, some of y’all n****s suspect as a motherfuc*er.”
Prior to his hateful words, the “PEEP HOLE” crooner had a shoe thrown at him onstage. Users were quick to flock to social media to criticize DaBaby for his remarks. “Dababy being homophobic talking about spreading HIV/AIDS while performing in front of a crowd of 1000s of ppl in a global pandemic is a juicy contradiction,” one user tweeted.
“Lordt...when DaBaby decided he was gonna let the world know he's a human garbage heap, he fully committed to that sh*t,” another user wrote, while a third commented: “So now that we know DaBaby is explicitly homophobic; let’s stop going back and forth about his stance on anything else and cut the ni**a off.”
Following DaBaby’s homophobic outburst, rapper T.I. jumped in to defend the rapper. T.I. commented on a clip of DaBaby’s performance, saying: "If Lil Nas X can kick his sh*t in peace... so should dababy #equality."
T.I. then posted a video via Instagram, clarifying his words, expressing his “respect” for Lil Nas X and other openly queer artists like Frank Ocean, declaring he was glad to see the two of them living their “truths.”
DaBaby also posted a clip via his Instagram Story, claiming that the internet had “twisted up” his words. “All my fans at the show, the gay ones and the straight ones, we turned the fu*k up,” he said on Monday. He also alleged that his live shows will “never translate correctly” to those watching at home.
He went on to say that his hateful words weren’t directed at his gay fans because they “don’t got AIDS,” adding, they’re not “junkies” and "take care" of themselves.