Rapper DaBaby withdrew from Lollapalooza festival due to recent homophobic comments
Rapper DaBaby was cut from Lollapalooza’s closing lineup on Sunday after making vulgar and homophobic remarks at a music festival in the Miami area last week.
The Grammy-nominated artist named Jonathan Kirk was originally scheduled for the final night of the four-day music festival in downtown Chicago as the closing performance. Lollapalooza organizers said on Twitter on Sunday that rapper Young Thug will perform instead.
“Lollapalooza is built on diversity, tolerance, respect and love,” the organizers wrote. “With this in mind, DaBaby will no longer perform in Grant Park tonight.”
The festival organizers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In recent days, artists including Madonna, Questlov and Elton John have condemned DaBaby’s remarks during his performance at the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami last Sunday.
On stage, the rapper appealed to members of the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV and AIDS. He used rude language to ask non-homosexuals or people infected with HIV or AIDS to raise their mobile phone flashlights. He falsely stated that the disease would “make you die within two to three weeks.”
A representative of DaBaby did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. An unnamed person who answered the phone at his record company South Coast Music Group on Sunday said: “No comment.”
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