On Sunday, rapper DaBaby was dropped from Lollapalooza’s closing lineup after he made crude and homophobic remarks last weekend at Rolling Loud, a Miami-based music festival.
The artist had been scheduled to perform Sunday night as a closing act on the final night of the four-day Chicago music festival. Lollapalooza organizers tweeted Sunday that rapper Young Thug would perform at 9 p.m. instead.
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
The organization wrote, “Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight.”
Last Sunday on stage at Rolling Loud, the rapper called out members of the LGBTQ community and people with HIV and AIDS. He crudely said, “If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up.”
Numerous artists have spoken up since the incident including pop star Dua Lipa, who collaborated with DaBaby on her remix of the Future Nostalgia song, Levitating.
In an Instagram story she wrote, “I’m surprised and horrified at DaBaby’s comments. I really don’t recognise this as the person I worked with. 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.”
Elton John, Demi Lovato, and Madonna are amongst other celebrities that have spoken out as well.
The 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.