DaBaby released new video “Giving What It’s Supposed to Give” on Wednesday. In the clip, he appears to address the homophobic comments he made during his appearance at Rolling Loud in Miami on Sunday along with adding a dose of sexism.
In the self-directed visual, he holds up a sign that reads “AIDS” and at the end of the clip the words “Don’t Fight Hate With Hate” appear in rainbow colors. Underneath that, his pseudo apology reads, “My apologies for being me the same way you want the freedom to be you.”
DaBaby took to Instagram to explain the circumstances around dropping the video, which he said he filmed until 4 a.m. prior to heading to Rolling Loud on two hours of sleep where he said he gave “one of the BEST yet the most controversial and emotion provoking performance as well; due to things deemed ‘insensitive'” during his performance. He added that he tried to apologize, meant no harm, that he was only “entertaining” as he’s paid to do. He added that he had “no problem with anyone’s sexual preference” and that he “truly didn’t mean to offend anybody or start no commotion.”
During his Sunday appearance at Rolling Loud, the rapper was recorded during his set saying, “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… Fellas, if you ain’t sucking dick in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up.”
On Wednesday, GLAAD joined Dua Lipa, Elton John, and others in criticizing DaBaby. “The rhetoric that DaBaby used is inaccurate, hurtful, and harmful to the LGBTQ community and the estimated 1.2 million Americans living with HIV,” DaShawn Usher, GLAAD’s Associate Director of Communities of Color, said in a statement. “It is critical that DaBaby and his fans learn that people living with HIV today, when on effective treatment, lead long and healthy lives and cannot transmit HIV.
“While DaBaby has made haphazard attempts to ‘apologize,’ actions need to be taken for full accountability and changes to do better in the future. It further confirms what GLAAD reported last year in the State of HIV Stigma Study that stigma and misinformation around HIV is widespread, and there is much work to be done to educate the public, including entertainers.”