Elton John schooled DaBaby for his homophobic HIV comments

Elton John and his husband David Furnish at Cannes in 2019.
Elton John and his husband David Furnish at Cannes in 2019. Photo: Shutterstock

Legendary out musician Elton John responded to anti-LGBTQ and HIV-phobic comments made earlier this week by Grammy-nominated rapper DaBaby.

“We’ve been shocked to read about the HIV misinformation and homophobic statements made at a recent DaBaby show,” John tweeted, adding that DaBaby’s tirade “fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic.”

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“If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases, that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up,” DaBaby said at the Rolling Loud Miami festival this past weekend to try to get the crowd energized.

“Fellas, if you ain’t sucking dick in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up,” he said.

Video of his comments went viral and John wasn’t having it. He said he was “shocked” to learn what DaBaby said and tried to educate people.

“You can live a long and healthy life with HIV,” he tweeted. “Treatment is so advanced that with one pill a day, HIV can become undetectable in your body so you can’t pass it onto other people.”

“Homophobic and HIV mistruths have no place in our society and industry and as musicians, we must spread compassion and love for the most marginalised people in our communities,” he concluded. “A musician’s job is to bring people together.”

His fans were there for it.

DaBaby apologized last night, before John’s tweets.

“Anybody who done ever been effected by AIDS/HIV y’all got the right to be upset, what I said was insensitive even though I have no intentions on offending anybody. So my apologies,” he wrote.

“But the LGBT community… I ain’t trippin on y’all, do you. y’all business is y’all business.”

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