Amid mounting public outrage, and harsh criticism from Elton John and Dua Lipa, rapper DaBaby has apologized for his homophobic remarks at Sunday's Rolling Loud music festival in Miami.
After initially doubling down on his offensive behavior and dismissing his detractors, the hip-hop artist acknowledged Tuesday that his widely condemned comments about gay people and HIV/AIDS were "insensitive."
He did not respond to the backlash surrounding his choice to invite Canadian rapper Tory Lanez onstage shortly after Grammy winner Megan Thee Stallion performed. Lanez was charged last year with shooting Megan Thee Stallion with a semiautomatic firearm.
"Anybody who done ever been effected by AIDS/HIV y'all got the right to be upset, what I said was insensitive even though I have no intentions on offending anybody," DaBaby tweeted Tuesday. "So my apologies ... But the LGBT community... I ain't trippin on y'all, do you. y'all business is y'all business."
"Other than that y'all cheer the f— up & be proud of who you are cuz you can't make me feel less of myself," he added before plugging a couple of his upcoming shows.
Before and after issuing the brief apology, DaBaby attempted to redirect the conversation to police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement, challenging his critics to "show the same amount of support when a racist cop kill one of our black a—."
"& for any brands, networks, or artists that like to profit off of black rappers influence on the culture, without understanding it or having the patience to deal with what comes with the position we play in our culture. Keep yo money next time us 'N—' human too," he added in a follow-up tweet.
Twitter was not having it, accusing the "Rockstar" hit-maker of using Black trauma as a shield to dodge accountability for his actions, which included shaming gay men for oral sex and blaming them for the spread of HIV/AIDS.
"Why are you bringing up police brutality to deflect??" one person tweeted. "Very strange! There are hundreds of thousands of people fighting for black peoples lives everyday helping/doing more then you will ever do!"
"How much of a professional victim must you be to blame YOUR actions on everyone else?" wrote another. "What does police brutality have to do with the fact YOU made shitty comments about the lgbtqia+. you got no respect for anyone why u expect ppl to respect u."