DaBaby removed from more festival line-ups following homophobic comments

Austin City Limits, Music Midtown and iHeartRADIO festivals have all dropped the rapper

DaBaby has been removed from more music festivals following ongoing fallout from homophobic comments made by the rapper last month.

The rapper, real name Jonathan Kirk, has been widely condemned for the remarks he made about homosexuality and people with HIV/AIDS while on stage in Miami on July 25, with the likes of Elton John, Madonna and Dua Lipa all criticising DaBaby last week.

DaBaby was subsequently dropped from his slot at Lollapalooza over the weekend, and yesterday (August 2) he was removed from the New York festival Governors Ball.


Now, festivals including October’s Austin City Limits and next month’s Music Midtown have also announced that DaBaby will no longer be appearing.

Austin City Limits, which is run by the same promoters as Lollapalooza, C3 Presents, said “DaBaby will no longer be performing at Austin City Limits Music Festival — line-up update coming soon.”

Music Midtown posted a near-identical statement. “DaBaby will no longer be performing at Midtown Music Festival. Line-up update coming soon.”

In addition, Rolling Stone reports that DaBaby has been dropped from the bill of iHeartRADIO Festival in Las Vegas, which also takes place next month.


The HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust denounced DaBaby’s comments last week, saying that they “perpetuate HIV-related stigma and discrimination, as well as spreading misinformation about HIV”.

DaBaby first apologised for the remarks on Twitter on July 27, saying he had been “insensitive” and “anybody who done ever been effected by AIDS/HIV y’all got the right to be upset”. However, he later added: “Y’all cheer the fuck up & be proud of who you are cuz you can’t make me feel less of myself.”

Yesterday (August 2) he offered a second apology. “I want to apologise to the LGBTQ+ community for the hurtful and triggering comments I made. Again, I apologise for my misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS and I knew education on this is important. Love to all. God bless.”

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