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Rapper DaBaby Dumped From Music Festival Following Homophobic Comments

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Rapper DaBaby Dumped From Music Festival Following Homophobic Comments

DaBaby will no longer appear at British music festival Parklife.

The rapper's name has disappeared from the UK event's lineup on social media and it comes after he was embroiled in a homophobic scandal at another festival.

DaBaby, real name Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, took to the stage at Rolling Loud last weekend and made some comments that have caused a major backlash.

He asked members of the audience to put up the lights on their mobile phones if 'didn't show up today with HIV/AIDS or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that will make you die in two to three weeks'.

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In the same rant, he also made other vulgar remarks about women and gay people.

It sparked criticism from his collaborators and other musicians and could impact on his future at other events.

DaBaby was meant to be one of the headliners for Manchester's Parklife Festival, which was due to take place in September and was promoted on the lineup as recently as July 14.

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However, a representative for the rapper has told TMZ he pulled out of the event months ago when festivals were being cancelled due to Covid-19.

As for the July promotion of his inclusion in the event, the rep said that must be Parklife's mistake.

They added that DaBaby's removal from the music festival has nothing to do with his homophobic comments.

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In an attempt to fix his image, he released a music video that was shot just before Rolling Loud and at the end it has a message saying: "Don't fight hate with hate. My apologies for being me the same way you want the freedom to be you."

Part of the message was written in rainbow colours in an apparent stand with the LGBTQIA+ community.

Dua Lipa, who the rapper collaborated with on the 'Levitating' remix, slammed DaBaby for his negative and awful comments about HIV and the gay community.

She wrote on Instagram earlier this week: "I'm surprised and horrified at DaBaby's comments. I really don't recognize this as the person I worked with.

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"I know my fans know where my heart lies and that I stand 100% with the LGBTQ community.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"We need to come together to fight the stigma and ignorance around HIV/AIDS."

DaBaby has also been dropped by BoohooMan, who recently released a 100-piece limited-edition collection with the rapper.

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The clothing brand condemned the 'homophobic language' and added: "Diversity and inclusion are part of the boohoo Groups DNA and we pride ourselves on representing the diverse customers we serve across the globe.

"We stand by and support the LGBTQ+ community, and do not tolerate any hate speech or discrimination in any form."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity, LGBT

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