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DaBaby apologizes for his homophobic rant that left Elton John 'shocked'

Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times on

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Several argued that DaBaby's calls to support the Black community rang especially hollow, considering his ongoing relationship with Lanez, who was charged with shooting Megan Thee Stallion in the foot.

The celebrated "Savage" rapper, who has featured DaBaby on multiple tracks, once blasted her former collaborator for sharing a tweet that made light of the shooting, according to Vulture. (DaBaby later claimed to have retweeted the post by mistake.)

"You must be high," tweeted journalist Ernest Owens in response to DaBaby's recent Twitter activity. "Black queer women created #BlackLivesMatter — the community that you made your sexist, homophobic comments at. Funny how you can't even show that same amount of support when another Black man shoots at a Black woman you collaborated with."

"Not sure what police brutality has to do with your homophobia, support of an abuser that shot a black woman and your overall misogynistic ways," wrote another person. "Black men like you bring down the community to be real. Take accountability so that you can grow as a person."

Earlier this week, DaBaby reacted to the firestorm following his Rolling Loud set by claiming that his words had been "twisted" and insisting that people who didn't attend the show "wasn't supposed to see that s— anyway."

The backlash was swift, including from fellow high-profile musicians.

"We've been shocked to read about the HIV misinformation and homophobic statements made at a recent DaBaby show," John wrote in a Twitter thread posted Wednesday. "This fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic.

 

"Homophobic and HIV mistruths have no place in our society and industry and as musicians, we must spread compassion and love for the most marginalised people in our communities," he added. "A musician's job is to bring people together."

"I am surprised and horrified at DaBaby's comments. I really don't recognise this as the person I worked with," Lipa, who featured DaBaby on her song "Levitating," wrote in a statement Tuesday.

"I know my fans know where my heart lies and that I stand `100% with the LGBTQ community. We need to come together to fight the stigma and ignorance around HIV/AIDS."

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Los Angeles Times intern Ruth Etiesit Samuel contributed to this report.

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