Legendary ‘Rocket Man’ singer Elton John is among many blasting DaBaby for his controversial commentary on homosexuality and people living with HIV.
As widely reported, the ‘Rockstar’ rapper has been rocking headlines all week after taking to the Rolling Loud concert festival to denounce men who “suck d*ck in parking lots’ and those who ‘showed up with AIDS that’ll make [them] die in 2-3 weeks.”
Despite issuing an apology, the fallout from his words has been massive and included public slammings from the likes of Pop star Dua Lipa, fashion brand boohooMAN, and others (as we reported here).
Now, in what should come as a teachable moment for DaBaby, John is adding his two cents to the conversation. Look inside to see what he said:
As seen above, John took to Twitter Wednesday (July 28) to issue a statement via the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
“We’ve been shocked to read about the HIV misinformation and homophobic statements made at a recent DaBaby show. This fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic. The facts are: HIV has affected over 70 million people globally: men, women, children and the most vulnerable people in our communities. In America, a gay black man has a 50% lifetime chance of contracting HIV. 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. You can live a long and healthy life with HIV. Treatment 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. Homophobic and HIV mistruths have no place in our society and industry and as musicians, we must spread compassion and love for the most marginalised people in our communities. A musician’s job is to bring people together.”
The OSCAR, TONY, and GRAMMY-winning legend, who is openly gay, is no stranger to making headlines for schooling problematic rappers.
In 2001, he most famously teamed with Eminem to perform ‘Stan’ at the year’s GRAMMY Awards – a move that shocked many as the emcee’s lyrics had long garnered criticism for content deemed hate speech against the LGBTQ+ community.
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