Redemption? DaBaby Meets With Nine HIV-Awareness Groups, “Apologizes” for “Hurtful & Inaccurate” Remarks

Published: Tuesday 31st Aug 2021 by Sam

Is DaBaby on the road to redemption?

It may well be the case.

For, the rapper met with nine HIV-awareness groups to apologize for the insensitive remarks he made about those living with HIV at Rolling Loud Miami; the same event that also saw him utter homophobic comments.

The backlash was brisk and big, with the MC going on to be dropped from a plethora of festivals, axed from brand partnerships, and condemned by many of his contemporaries.

His problematic attempts at apologizing only served to exacerbate the matter.

Now, however, it looks like he’s attempting – in a more committed manner – to do the right thing.

Full story below…

A statement from LGBTQIA organization GLAAD read:

Today, Black leaders from nine HIV organizations across the U.S. announced they held a virtual, private meeting with artist Jonathan “DaBaby” Kirk to discuss HIV facts and share personal stories of living and thriving with HIV. The leaders called for a meeting with the artist in an open letter on August 04 to which DaBaby affirmatively responded. The organizations provide HIV education and direct services to people most impacted by HIV/AIDS, especially Black heterosexual men and women and LGBTQ communities across the southern United States, which account for the majority of new HIV cases.

The organizations involved include:

Black AIDS Institute, Gilead Sciences COMPASS Initiative Coordinating Centers, GLAAD, National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), The Normal Anomaly Initiative, Positive Women’s Network-USA, Prevention Access Campaign (U=U), the Southern AIDS Coalition, and Transinclusive Group, as well as faith and HIV advisors.

A joint statement from them all added:

The open letter to DaBaby was our way to extend him the same grace each of us would hope for. Our goal was to ‘call him in instead of calling him out.’ We believed that if he connected with Black leaders living with HIV that a space for community building and healing could be created. We are encouraged he swiftly answered our call and joined us in a meaningful dialogue and a thoughtful, educational meeting.

During our meeting, DaBaby was genuinely engaged, apologized for the inaccurate and hurtful comments he made about people living with HIV, and received our personal stories and the truth about HIV and its impact on Black and LGBTQ communities with deep respect. We appreciate that he openly and eagerly participated in this forum of Black people living with HIV, which provided him an opportunity to learn and to receive accurate information.

As community leaders who understand the power of conversations as a path to education and evolution, we know that DaBaby received meaningful facts. We were also able to share personal stories about our lives as everyday people who acquired HIV. Now, we wish for him to use his platform to relay that critical information to his fanbase and encourage people to get tested and know their status. During our meeting, DaBaby acknowledged that the HIV facts we presented- many of which he himself was unaware of- are what every American needs to know: HIV is preventable and when treated properly, cannot be passed on. At a time when HIV continues to disproportionately impact Black communities, celebrities and influencers of all backgrounds have the power to defeat the stigma that fuels the epidemic. We must all do our part to make the public aware of medication that can prevent HIV and to get more people tested and treated. Together we can end this epidemic. 40 years is far too long. Stigma hurts; prevention, testing, and treatment work.

In light of this, do you see DaBaby bouncing back into public favor?

Your thoughts?

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  1. Shayla Queen™ 👑 August 31, 2021

    Too late, busta! 💯

  2. Ugghh August 31, 2021

    If he actually cared about changing this wouldn’t by public knowledge

    PR Stunt…unfortunately, you will only be acknowledged by the black community because for some reason this community doesn’t hold black men accountable

    • Shayla Queen™ 👑 August 31, 2021

      This 💯

    • Bevej August 31, 2021

      He can keep all 20 of his apologies. Next!

    • squarebiz August 31, 2021

      The majority of hip hop fans are WHITE. Look at DaBaby’s concerts. A SEA OF VANILLA. They’re still supporting him. Kanye Problematic Ass West is about to sell 300K after after all of his shenanigans. Once again, WHITE PEOPLE.

      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 August 31, 2021

        So you’re proving the point that the black community don’t hold black men accountable as you yourself are blaming “white supporters” of the black men instead of the black men.

      • squarebiz August 31, 2021

        Dumb ass I’m saying the white people are the ones supporting these artists the MOST! Don’t try to twist my words around.

      • Credits August 31, 2021

        I wanna your statement. The majority of hip hop fans that BUY the music, concert tickets and merch, are non-black.

      • Credits August 31, 2021

        I wanna correct your statement*****

    • Ugghh August 31, 2021

      White people don’t support black people if black people don’t show them they are a trend or worthy.

      White people mimics what black people perceive as culture.

      If we aren’t interested, Johnny, Becky and Hannah don’t care either.

      You see more white people at concerts because they are in large cities where it’s predominantly more expensive living, racial and financial equity, and the tickets are more affordable based on many white people’s economic status compared to people of color. You don’t think venues do that on purpose?!?

      Check our own community when it comes to making each other accountable before we check others

  3. Truth August 31, 2021

    I hope they weren’t paid to concoct this account of a private meeting. DaBaby ain’t said nothing bout it.

    But if he did, he needed it

  4. Pat August 31, 2021

    He’s pissed off white icons so he’ll probably never see certain type of stages or exposure again. He needs to focus on streams like Chris brown

  5. Livelife&Learn&Forgive August 31, 2021

    This is what I don’t get why even take the time you said what you said and you meant what you said. He’s only taking the time to save face of what’s left of his career. Its all a lie him wanting to he aware of the issue.

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