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DaBaby dropped from Lollapalooza lineup amid controversy

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The fallout continues for Da Baby as he is no longer performing at the Lollapalooza festival.

On Sunday, August 1, the festival confirmed that the 29-year-old artist was removed as the final act of the four-day music festival following his homophobic, misogynistic, and ignorant comments at the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami.

“Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love. With that in mind, Da Baby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight. Young Thug will now perform at 9:00 pm on the Bud Light Seltzer Stage, and G Herbo will perform at 4:00 pm on the T-Mobile Stage,” the Chicago-based festival announced.

Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight. Young Thug will now perform at 9:00pm on the Bud Light Seltzer Stage, and G Herbo will perform at 4:00pm on the T-Mobile Stage. pic.twitter.com/Mx4UiAi4FW

— Lollapalooza (@lollapalooza) August 1, 2021

However, many celebrities have stepped out to denounce Da Baby’s inflammatory remarks, including Madonna and Elton John.

John wrote via Twitter, “We’ve been shocked to read about the HIV misinformation and homophobic statements made at a recent DaBaby show. This fuels stigma and discrimination and is opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic.”

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Picture courtesy of Elton John’s Twitter

Furthermore, John showed a series of important facts with his post, including that HIV has affected more than 70 million people globally, and gay Black men in America have a 50% chance of contracting the virus in their lifetime due largely to “stigma and shame around HIV and homosexuality.”

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Also, John emphasizes the importance of understanding how HIV treatment has evolved to the point of effectively bringing a person’s viral load to undetectable levels, meaning the virus can no longer be transmitted to others. “You can live a long and healthy life with HIV. Treatment is so advanced that with one pill a day, HIV can become undetectable in your body so you can’t pass it onto other people,” he wrote.

On the other hand, Madonna wrote, “A message to DaBaby – if you’re going to make harmful remarks to the LGBTQ+ community about HIV/AIDS then know your facts: decades of hard won scientific research – there are now life saving medicines available to children born with HIV, to people who contract HIV through blood transfusions, dirty neddles or exchange of bodily fluids. These new ARV’s can keep a person with AIDS alive for the rest of their lives!!! AID’s is not transmitted by standing next to someone in a crowd.”

She continued, “I want to put my cellphone lighter up and pray for your ignorance, No one dies of AIDS in 2 or 3 weeks anymore. Thank God.”

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