Like the old adage goes, “If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all.” Not saying anything at all is what DaBaby should’ve done during his performance at Rolling Loud Miami 2021, but instead he chose to use insensitive rhetoric to help excite the crowd.
The rap superstar’s career has been going downward ever since the crass comments he made about the LGBTQ community on the Rolling Loud stage went viral on social media.
“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 cell phone light in the air,” DaBaby said during his performance on July 25. “Ladies, if your pussy smells like water, put a cell phone light in the air. Fellas, if you ain’t suck a n-gga dick in the parking lot, put your cell phone lights in the air. Keep it fucking real.”
DaBaby’s Rolling Loud rant, considered by many as homophobic and anti-gay, caused a massive public outcry. In response to the Rolling Loud performance backlash, DaBaby tried to clean up his comments through a slew of Instagram story videos that he posted on Monday (July 26).
The videos consisted of him tooting-his-own-horn and downplaying his words at Rolling Loud as just being a “call to action,” alongside emphasizing that they were also misinterpreted.
“My gay fans, they take care of themselves. They ain’t no nasty gay n—as. See what I’m saying? They ain’t no junkies in the street. The hell you talking about, n—as? Then I said if you ain’t sucking d— in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up. You know what my gay fans did? Put that motherf—ing light up, n—a, ’cause my gay fans ain’t going for that. They got class. They ain’t sucking no d— in no parking lot.”
His moment of insensitivity has yielded him exclusion from multiple prominent music festivals, beginning with Lollapalooza. The famed Lollapalooza music festival cancelled DaBaby’s performance on Sunday (Aug. 1) and removed him from their lineup. Day N Vegas and Governors Ball are just a few of the other music festivals that have also removed DaBaby from their lineup.
The formal apology statement that DaBaby posted to Instagram on August 2 wasn’t even enough to redeem him with displeased fans nor prevent him from being dropped from more music festivals.
“dababy apologizing cuz he’s losing dabookings and damoney- and ik his ass did not write that dabye-,” one person tweeted.
As of today (Aug. 3), DaBaby has been dropped from additional music festivals, including Austin City Limits, Midtown Music Festival and iHeartRadio Festivals.
“DaBaby will no longer be performing at Austin City Limits Music Festival — lineup update coming soon,” ACL tweeted early this morning.
At this rate, DaBaby may not be performing at any concerts all of 2021.