The US music festival Lollapalooza announced Sunday it had dropped DaBaby from its lineup after the rapper made homophobic comments and false statements about AIDS during a recent performance. “Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park,” the Chicago-based festival tweeted.
Musicians Young Thug and G Herbo would be taking his performance slots, Lollapalooza said. DaBaby — whose real name is Jonathan Lyndale Kirk — sparked widespread backlash during a concert at the end of July, when he was accused of spreading misinformation about HIV and AIDS.
“If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two, three weeks, put your cell phone light up,” he told the Miami crowd, according to videos shared on social media. He also made homophobic comments and insulting statements about women. Major names in music including Elton John, who founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and Madonna, a longtime proponent of HIV/AIDS research, called out the 29-year-old for spreading misinformation and contributing to the stigma around the diseases.