DaBaby is no longer set to appear at Manchester’s Parklife festival, amid criticism for homophobic remarks he recently made at a concert.
The rapper drew backlash after telling the crowd during his set at Rolling Loud Miami on Sunday: “If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS… put your cellphone light up… Fellas, if you ain’t sucking dick in the parking lot, put your cellphone light up.”
Following the criticism, DaBaby has seemingly been removed from the line-up for Parklife, though a rep for the rapper has told TMZ that his removal from the lineup was finalised months ago, and concerns COVID-19 restrictions rather than his recent controversy.
Regarding a post from Parklife on July 14 that promoted the festival line-up with DaBaby still included, the rep said that the post in question was mistakenly posted by the festival, and that DaBaby had already been removed from the line-up.
NME has reached out to representatives for Parklife for comment.
DaBaby’s comments quickly drew backlash online, with many levelling accusations of homophobia at the rapper. The rapper defended his actions in a series of 19 videos in his Instagram Stories, saying: “What I do at a live show is for the audience at the live show. It’ll never translate correctly to somebody looking at a little five, six-second clip from their goddamn crib on their phone.
“Because, regardless of what y’all motherfuckers are talking about and how the internet twisted up my motherfucking words, me and all my fans at the show, the gay ones and the straight ones, we turned the fuck up.”
The rapper also touched on his controversial remarks once again in a self-directed video for his new song ‘Giving What It’s Supposed to Give’. The video ends with the message: “Don’t Fight Hate With Hate” in rainbow lettering. “My apologies for being me, the same way you want the freedom to be you,” it concludes.
Multiple artists and organisations criticised DaBaby for his comments after they were first made. Elton John – who founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation charity in 1992 – took to Instagram to condemn his statements, saying they “fuel stigma and discrimination.”
HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust also denounced his comments, saying that they “perpetuate HIV-related stigma and discrimination, as well as spreading misinformation about HIV.”