US music fest Lollapalooza drops DaBaby over Aids comments

US music fest Lollapalooza drops DaBaby over Aids comments

DaBaby sparked widespread backlash during his performance at the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami on July 25, 2021, when he was accused of spreading misinformation about HIV and Aids.

WASHINGTON: The US music festival Lollapalooza announced Sunday it had dropped DaBaby from its lineup after the rapper made homophobic comments and false statements about AIDS during a recent performance.

“Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park,” the Chicago-based festival tweeted.

Musicians Young Thug and G Herbo would be taking his performance slots, Lollapalooza said.

DaBaby — whose real name is Jonathan Lyndale Kirk — sparked widespread backlash during a concert at the end of July, when he was accused of spreading misinformation about HIV and Aids.

“If you didn’t show up today with HIV, Aids, any of them sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two, three weeks, put your cell phone light up,” he told the Miami crowd, according to videos shared on social media.

He also made homophobic comments and insulting statements about women.

Major names in music including Elton John, who founded the Elton John Aids Foundation, and Madonna, a longtime proponent of HIV/Aids research, called out the 29-year-old for spreading misinformation and contributing to the stigma around the diseases.

“HIV misinformation and homophobia have no place in the music industry. We must break down the stigma around HIV and not spread it,” John’s foundation said in a statement shared on the musician’s Twitter.

“As musicians, it’s our job to bring people together.”

Pop star Dua Lipa, who collaborated with DaBaby on her song “Levitating,” said she was “surprised and horrified” by his comments, while television star Jonathan Van Ness — who is open about his experience living with HIV — warned that the stigma around the diseases was “killing folks.”

DaBaby later apologized on Instagram but was quickly slammed for saying in the video message that his gay fans didn’t have Aids because they “got class” and were not “nasty” or “junkies.”

He then apologised again on Twitter, acknowledging what he had said was “insensitive” but adding it was unintentional.

DaBaby was nominated this year for the Grammy for Record of the Year for “Rockstar,” a guitar-driven track featuring fellow rapper Roddy Ricch.

After enjoying several chart-topping months with “Rockstar,” the musician released a Black Lives Matter remix of the hit that referred to the anti-racism protests that exploded in mid-2020 following the death of George Floyd, a Black man, in police custody.

DaBaby also includes lines about his own experiences of police abuse.

He rose to mainstream prominence in 2019 after releasing his debut studio album “Baby On Baby,” which included his hit single “Suge.”

He followed up that same year with his sophomore album “Kirk,” which debuted on the Billboard albums chart in the top spot. “Rockstar” came off DaBaby’s third studio album “Blame It On Baby.”

News Related

OTHER NEWS

Sanctuary for the senses Banyan Tree Krabi is where the sapphire blue sea meets tropical white sands against a backdrop of lush jungle-green

Majestic views from the lobby of Banyan Tree Krabi. (Photos: Banyan Tree Krabi) The Banyan Tree hotel group is celebrating its 27th anniversary and what better way to celebrate travel ... Read more »

Phuket reports 5 more Covid deaths, 238 new cases

Nurses give Covid vaccine shots to people in Phuket as the island province reports five more Covid-19 deaths and 238 new infections. (Photo: Achadtaya Chuenniran) PHUKET: Five more Covid-19 deaths ... Read more »

Fires may have affected up to 85 percent of threatened Amazon species

Much of the Amazon’s biodiversity is under fire — literally. In the last two decades, deforestation and forest fires have encroached on the ranges of thousands of plant and animal ... Read more »

Some birds learn to recognize calls while still in their eggs

Over a decade ago, behavioral ecologist Diane Colombelli-Négrel was wiring superb fairy wrens’ nests to record the birds’ sounds when she noticed something odd. Mother fairy wrens sang while incubating ... Read more »

A beautiful oak leaf portrait won the 2021 Nikon Small World photography contest

A closeup view of even the most common objects can make the mundane look spectacular. A glimpse of the underside of a southern live oak tree leaf, which won first ... Read more »

How metal-infused jaws give some ants an exceptionally sharp bite

If you’ve ever felt the wrath of a biting or stinging insect, it may seem incredible that something so small can so easily slice or puncture human skin. Scientists already ... Read more »

A newfound boa sports big eyes and a square nose

A wide-eyed snake has made scientists do a double take. The Hispaniolan vineboa, with its large protruding eyes and square snout, is the first boa species to be discovered in ... Read more »

Fossil tracks may reveal an ancient elephant nursery

Fossilized footprints found on a beach in southern Spain betray what may have been a nursery for an extinct species of elephant. The track-rich coastal site, which scientists have dubbed ... Read more »

Netflix finally eyes TV's top prize with 'The Crown' at in-person Emmys

Leading streamer Netflix has never won best drama at the Emmys — nor best comedy, nor best limited series LOS ANGELES: Netflix is tipped to finally win television's biggest prize ... Read more »

14,555 new Covid cases, 171 more deaths

A food rider and other motorists wait for a train to pass through a crossing in Bangkok on Wednesday. Food delivery booms in Thailand after the Covid-19 outbreak forces people ... Read more »

Villagers slam EIA report on Yuam water project

A group of ethnic villagers who oppose a plan to divert water from the Yuam River to Bhumibol dam is planning to submit a protest letter to Prime Minister Prayut ... Read more »

AQ hotels see occupancy rates plummet

Food service during quarantine at Rattanakosin Hotel, an alternative quarantine hotel. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul) Alternative quarantine (AQ) hotels are enduring their lowest occupancy rates, amid signs that infection levels have peaked ... Read more »

Corporate takeover Loxley's popular in-house food service goes local

I first learnt about Tamrub Guru, this week's subject of Eating In, via online ads. The brand’s title is a bilingual word play betweeen tamrub, Thai for recipe, and English ... Read more »

Robinhood Is Going on a College Tour to Recruit New Customers The app criticized for gamifying trading is kicking off a nationwide push to court students, including a shot at a $20,000 prize

Robinhood Markets Inc., the go-to trading app for young investors, wants its user base to get even younger. The digital brokerage is kicking off a nationwide marketing campaign Wednesday that ... Read more »

Making amends Netflix's Afterlife Of The Party is a formulaic rom-com about a woman given a second chance to right her wrongs on Earth

Midori Francis and Timothy Renouf in Afterlife Of The Party. Netflix Thailand Whether you believe in life after death or not, we can all agree that it would be nice ... Read more »

Time flies The Oris Okavango Air Rescue Limited Edition supports doctors in Southern Africa

Okavango Air Rescue’s service now covers the whole of the Southern African continent. Justin de Reuck2016www.aviati Through its “Change For The Better” initiative, Oris has supported projects across the world, ... Read more »

Protests immortalised in art

Artist Jirapatt Aungsumalee. photos courtesy of VS Gallery When a writer replaces his pen for a paintbrush, the outcome takes on a new dimension as seen in the artworks of ... Read more »

TPCH eyes options as wood chip prices rise Company considers other renewable fuels

TPCH’s wood chip-fired power plant, with a capacity of 9.9MW, in the southern province of Satun. Higher prices for wood chips are causing TPC Power Holding Plc (TPCH), a renewable ... Read more »

Ananda slashes transfer, presales targets

Sermsak Khwanpuang, chief finance officer, Ananda Development Plc. SET-listed developer Ananda Development has cut its transfer and presales targets for 2021 by 37% and 24%, respectively, after the most recent ... Read more »

Hotels pin hopes on Bangkok revival

Travel resumes at Suvarnabhumi airport following the end of a ban on domestic flights on Sept 1. Wichan Charoenkiatpakul Hotels hope the reopening of Bangkok in October and domestic stimulus campaigns ... Read more »

SMEs offer timid support of restart Plan must include Covid safeguards

The atmosphere at Chatuchak weekend market in Bangkok, which reopened following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. Only about 10% of vendors resumed trade. Apichart Jinakul The Federation of Thai SME has ... Read more »

New programme hones in on cybersecurity skills

The National Cyber Security Agency (NCSA) is gearing up to develop the cybersecurity skills of personnel working in seven sectors of critical information infrastructure (CII) through an intensive capacity-building programme, ... Read more »

SCB Abacus growth lures tech investors Lender raises US$12 million in funding

SCB Abacus, an alternative digital lending platform under Siam Commercial Bank, has raised US$12 million (396 million baht) in a Series A funding round and targets digital loan growth of ... Read more »

Methods sought to ease airlines' liquidity crunch

Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith has instructed the Fiscal Policy Office and the Bank of Thailand to jointly seek ways to relax some of the criteria for state banks to lend ... Read more »

Direct sales sector forecast to slip just 1-2% this year

Thailand's direct sales industry is expected to contract by 1-2% this year as consumer purchasing power remains weak due to the spread of Covid-19. Kittawat Ritteerawee, president of the Thai ... Read more »

Agency urges reworking

The government is being advised to speed up developing infrastructure for science, technology and digital as well as promote private investment in R&D next year to spur the economy and ... Read more »

Oct 1 reopening up in air Experts say target may be premature

The Public Health Ministry yesterday addressed concerns raised by academics over the government's plan to reopen the country to vaccinated foreign tourists starting next month. The plan is in line ... Read more »

Chiang Mai mountain reserve-listed Doi Chiang Dao gets Unesco approval

Chiang Dao Cave is located at the foot of Doi Chiang Dao Mountain. The cave, full of stunning stalactites and stalagmites, is a tourist magnet in Chiang Mai. photos by apichit ... Read more »

Moderna jab nod for 12-17 year-olds

Thailand's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given approval for the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine to be administered to adolescents aged from 12 to 17, ZP Therapeutics, a division of Zuellig ... Read more »

Hua Lamphong to get a makeover

The Transport Ministry is conducting a study to develop Hua Lamphong railway station and its adjoining areas for commercial purposes, Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said. He said the ministry has ... Read more »

Torture, disappearance bills pass MPs of all banners praise legislation

Four long-awaited bills on torture and forced disappearances sailed through the House of Representatives yesterday. A total of 368 MPs voted in favour of the bills with one abstention. The ... Read more »

NACC told to release watch scandal details

Prawit: ‘No need to declare watches’ The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) will study the details of the Central Administrative Court's order that the agency disclose a probe into a luxury ... Read more »

Phuket faces clinic bed shortage crisis

Phuket is facing a critical bed shortage as Covid-19 spreads throughout the island, said Wachira Phuket Hospital yesterday. Chalermpong Sukhonthaphol, director of the hospital, said the bed occupancy by patients ... Read more »

Govt plans out booster shots

The government will provide a booster shot against Covid-19 for those who received alternative vaccines, according to Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul. The minister was responding to questions concerning recipients ... Read more »

Samuel Adams set to release its 2021 Utopias beer. At 28% ABV, it's illegal in 15 states

Samuel Adams beer maker Boston Beer Co. is ready to release its potent Utopias beer, which weighs in at 28% alcohol by volume – a strength that makes it illegal ... Read more »

Lawmakers vote on law against torture, disappearances

Activists hold up pictures of abducted activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit as people gather in support of him during a protest calling for an investigation, in front of Government House on June ... Read more »

Bed shortage looms in Phuket as caseload surges Occupation rate reaches critical point, says hospital chief

A field hospital is set up at Phuket Rajabhat University on Sept 8 this year. (Photo: Achadtaya Chuenniran) PHUKET: The resort island has added more beds for Covid-19 patients as ... Read more »

Man arrested for murder of wife, stepson 10 years ago

Sawai Khanpakwaen, 60, seated right, former chairman of tambon Pho Klang administration organisation in Muang district of Nakhon Ratchasima, is questioned after his arrest in Surat Thani for shooting dead ... Read more »

HK had world's second largest billionaire population in urban centres

A general view showing the Central Business District, in Hong Kong on Sept 15, 2021. (Reuters photo) HONG KONG: Hong Kong had 111 billionaire residents, the second-largest such population among ... Read more »