Hours before rapper DaBaby
was scheduled to headline the Lollapalooza Music
Festival on Sunday night, organizers removed him from the lineup due to recent homophobic statements.
The Grammy-nominated rapper, known for hits like "Rockstar
" and a remix
of Dua Lipa
's "Levitating," has faced widespread criticism after making homophobic and misogynistic remarks — specifically harmful and inaccurate remarks about people
living with HIV/AIDS — at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami
In the days since, his onstage rant has been widely condemned by music industry titans such as Elton John
, and Questlove
, while the fashion
company BoohooMAN has announced that it will no longer work
with the rapper.
Now, just days before his scheduled performance in Grant Park, Chicago
's largest music festival is parting ways with DaBaby.
“Lollapalooza was founded on diversity
, inclusivity, respect, and love,” the festival said in a tweet Sunday afternoon. “With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight.”
DaBaby will no longer perform at Grant Park tonight; instead, Young Thug will perform at 9:00pm on the Bud Light Seltzer Stage, and G Herbo will perform at 4:00pm on the T-Mobile Stage. pic.twitter.com/Mx4UiAi4FW — Lollapalooza (@lollapalooza) August 1, 2021
Young Thug, who was scheduled to perform on Sunday afternoon, will now take over the rapper's prime 9 p.m. slot, according to the music festival's organizers.
Stardia's request for comment was not immediately answered by DaBaby.
During his set at Rolling Loud last week, the rapper told the audience, "If you didn't show up today
with HIV/AIDS, or any of those deadly sexually transmitted diseases that'll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up! Ladies, if your pussy smell like water
, put your cellphone lighter up! Fellas, if you ain't sucking dick in the parking
lot, put your cellphone lighter up!"
He later issued a formal (if half-hearted) apology
on social media
after initially doubling down on his comments.
“Anybody who has ever been effected by AIDS/HIV, y’all got the right to be upset, what I said was insensitive even though I had no intention of offending anybody, so my apologies,” he wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “But the LGBT community
... I ain’t trippin on y’all, do you. y’all business
is y’all business.”
slammed DaBaby's remarks as "inaccurate, hurtful, and harmful to the LGBTQ community
" in response to the statement.
Elton John, who is openly gay
and has long advocated for those living with HIV, issued a statement in response to the rapper's comments, writing that he was "shocked" to read about the controversy, which "fuels stigma and discrimination
and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic."
Madonna called DaBaby's views "hateful," and advised him to "know your facts
" before spreading false information.
“AIDS is not transmitted by standing next to someone in a crowd,” she wrote on Instagram
, adding, “I want to light up my cellphone lighter and pray for your ignorance, No one dies of AIDS in 2 or 3 weeks anymore. Thank God.”
The 2021 Lollapalooza festival will conclude on Sunday with headlining performances by the Foo Fighters
, Modest Mouse, and Brockhampton, making it one of the first major festivals to return in full force since the pandemic