DaBaby booted from Lollapalooza after homophobic comments

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Rapper DaBaby was cut Sunday from Lollapalooza’s closing lineup following crude and homophobic remarks he made last week at a Miami-area music festival. The Grammy-nominated artist, whose name is Jonathan Kirk, had been scheduled as a closing act on the ultimate night of the four-day music festival in downtown Chicago. Lollapalooza organizers tweeted Sunday that rapper Young Thug would perform at 9 p.m. instead.

“Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love,” organizers wrote. “With that in mind, DaBaby will not be working at Grant Park tonight.” In recent days, artists including Madonna, Questlove, and Elton John have denounced remarks DaBaby made during a performance last Sunday at Miami’s Rolling Loud Festival. While on stage, the rapper called out members of the LGBTQ community and other people with HIV and AIDS. Using crude language, he asked attendees who weren’t gay men or people suffering from HIV or AIDS to boost their cellphone flashlights, and he incorrectly said the disease would “make you die in two or three weeks.”

DaBaby’s representatives didn’t immediately reply to emails seeking comment. an individual who answered the phone Sunday at his label, South Coast Music Group, and didn’t give his name said, “No comment.” The North Carolina rapper’s song “Rockstar” was one of the most important hits of 2020 and was nominated for a Grammy Award for record of the year.

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