DaBaby has been getting destroyed on social media over the past week, due to comments made almost two weeks ago at Rolling Loud, about gay men and people with HIV/AIDS.” He has since been getting removed from various festivals, such as Lollapalooza, iHeartRadio Music Festival, and Day N Vegas.
The Charlotte rapper could’ve avoided all of this if he turned in his planned video apology before Lollapalooza, but oddly never did. Now, 11+ LGBT and HIV/AIDS organizations have extended an invite to DaBaby to have a virtual discussion to educate him on these subjects.
According to Variety, these organizations are “Arianna’s Center, Black AIDS Institute, GLAAD, The Normal Anomaly Initiative, Prevention Access Campaign, Relationship Unleashed, The 6:52 Project Foundation, and leaders from the Gilead COMPASS Initiative including Southern AIDS Coalition, Emory University, the University of Houston, and Wake Forest University.” They wrote an open letter to DaBaby, extending this invite.
“We, the undersigned, represent organizations leading the fight to prevent HIV and provide care and treatment for people living with HIV, especially Black LGBTQ people across the Southern United States. We heard your inaccurate and harmful comments at Rolling Loud and have read your Instagram apology. However, at a time when HIV continues to disproportionately impact Black Americans and queer and transgender people of color, a dialogue is critical. We must address the miseducation about HIV, expressed in your comments, and the impact it has on various communities. As leaders of organizations directly serving Black, LGBTQ, and HIV+ communities, we invite you to a private, off-the-record, virtual discussion with us. You stated you now understand how and why your comments were damaging. An open conversation holds the potential for you to now create meaningful impact by transforming from an adversary to an advocate.”
It’ll definitely be interesting to see if DaBaby responds and accepts this invite. This is definitely something that he will have to do, to educate himself, and get back in the good graces of other people.
Check out the full open letter to DaBaby below.