Lollapalooza announced on Sunday that it cut rapper DaBaby at the eleventh hour following homophobic comments he made during a performance at a Miami-area music festival.
The Grammy-nominated artist, real name Jonathan Kirk, was scheduled to close the final night of the four-day music festival in downtown Chicago. However, organizers of Lollapalooza tweeted on Sunday denouncing DaBaby’s comments and noting that the festival was “based on diversity. Organizers also announced that rapper Young Thug would perform at 9 p.m. instead of what would have been. the DaBaby plateau.
“Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusiveness, respect and love”, the organizers wrote. “With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight.”
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In recent days, artists like Madonna, Questlove, Dua Lipa and Elton John have denounced the remarks made by DaBaby during a performance last Sunday at the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami.
On stage, the rapper called out to members of the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV and AIDS. Using foul language, he asked participants who were not gay men or those affected by HIV or AIDS to raise their mobile phone flashlights, and he incorrectly said that the disease ” would kill in two or three weeks ”.
North Carolina rapper’s song “Rockstar” was one of the biggest hits of 2020 and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Record of the Year.
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The rapper was also excluded from a benefit concert for the Working Families Party on Tuesday. He was supposed to be on the front page of the event alongside Saweetie and Wyclef Jean. However, the event’s organizers announced they were removing it from the lineup in an attempt to “empower people and live by our values.”
He was also kicked out of his brand ambassador contract with Boohoo Man, Variety reports.
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The rapper posted a apologies on Twitter in the aftermath, noting that his comments were “insensitive.” However, he also noted that people “badly digested“, prompting many to say that his apology was not good.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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