DaBaby removed from Lollapalooza lineup following homophobic remarks

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CHICAGO — Rapper DaBaby has been removed from Sunday’s Lollapalooza lineup following comments he made last week.

Lollapalooza tweeted Sunday, “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 be the headliner at 9 p.m.

While on stage, the rapper called out members of the LGBTQ community and people with HIV and AIDS. Using crude language, he asked attendees who weren’t gay men or people affected by HIV or AIDS to raise their cellphone flashlights, and he incorrectly said the disease would “make you die in two or three weeks.”

Fans and many members of the music community spoke out against DaBaby and his comments.

Questlove,  Madonna, Elton John were among those that responded denouncing the homophobia. 

Elton John said he was shocked to read the HIV misinformation and homophobic comments and added that music should bring people together, not drive them apart.  

DaBaby’s representatives didn’t immediately reply to emails seeking comment. A person who answered the phone Sunday at his label, South Coast Music Group, and did not give his name said, “No comment.”

The North Carolina native’s name is Jonathan Kirk. His song “Rockstar” was one of the biggest hits of 2020 and was nominated for a Grammy Award for record of the year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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