The rapper went on an anti-gay rant over the weekend at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami, telling the men who aren’t "sucking d**k in the parking lot" to put their cellphone lighters up. DaBaby, 29, also told the crowd: "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 continued to tell the ladies whose "p***y smell like water" to put their cellphone lighters up.
The iconic English singer – who founded the Elton John Aids Foundation – addressed the "BOP" rapper's offensive remarks on Wednesday, July 28, saying he's "shocked to read about the HIV misinformation and homophobic statements made at a recent DaBaby show."
John insisted DaBaby's commentary has fueled "stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic," before giving the facts surrounding the sexually transmitted disease DaBaby blasted.
"HIV has affected over 70 million people globally: men, women, children and the most vulnerable people in our communities," John noted in his Instagram statement. "In America, a gay black man has a 50% lifetime chance of contracting HIV."
He added: "Stigma and shame around HIV and homosexuality is a huge driver of this vulnerability. We need to break down the myths and judgements and not fuel these."
The "Rocket Man" crooner confirmed treatment for HIV is "so advanced that with one pill a day, HIV can become undetectable in your body so you can’t pass it onto other people," noting those who have been diagnosed are still able to live long, happy lives.
To conclude, the 74-year-old shamed DaBaby – real name Jonathan Lyndale Kirk – for spewing "homophobic and HIV mistruths," affirming that they have "no place in our society and industry and as musicians."
As musicians, John said: "we must spread compassion and love for the most marginalized people in our communities. A musician’s job is to bring people together."
DaBaby addressed his homophobic rant on Tuesday, July 27, after coming under fire by a slew of fans and celebrities. The embattled musician said anyone who has been effected by AIDS/HIV has "the right to be upset" because what he said "was insensitive even though I have no intentions on offending anybody," he admitted via his Twitter post.
"My apologies 🙏🏾," DaBaby continued, noting he doesn't care what members of the LGBTQ+ community do with their lives. "But the LGBT community… I ain’t trippin on y’all, do you. y’all business is y’all business. [sic]."
He insisted his comments were" digested" wrong and advised the public to go after a "racist cop" who killed a black man the same way the public seemingly attacked him.
Since DaBaby's controversial performance, Dua Lipa – who collaborated with DaBaby on a remix to her tune "Levitating" – Real Housewives of Potomac star Candiace Dillard and Demi Lovato have spoken out against the rapper.