DaBaby apologizes again for homophobic rant after losing another festival gig

DaBaby arrives at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in March.

DaBaby is continuing to reap the consequences of his homophobic outburst as yet another major music festival has removed the scorned rapper from its lineup.

The organizers of New York City’s forthcoming Governors Ball released a statement Monday morning condemning “hate or discrimination of any kind,” along with an updated roster excluding the “Rockstar” artist. Shortly thereafter, DaBaby issued a second, lengthier apology for his behavior.

DaBaby was previously dropped from the United Kingdom’s upcoming Parklife festival, as well as Chicago’s Lollapalooza this past weekend, after unleashing an offensive rant about gay people and HIV/AIDS last month at Miami’s Rolling Loud.

Founders Entertainment, which

oversees the Governors Ball, “does not and will not tolerate hate or discrimination of any kind,” read a message shared on the event’s Instagram and Twitter pages Monday morning.

“We welcome and celebrate the diverse communities that make New York City the greatest city in the world. Thank you to the fans who continue to speak up for what is right. Along with you, we will continue to use our platform for good.”

Another apology

DaBaby was originally slated to perform Sept. 24 at New York’s Citi Field among headliner Billie Eilish, Rufus Du Sol, Leon Bridges, Portugal, The Man and 24kGoldn on the first day of the weekend-long Governors Ball.

Other acts tapped to participate in next month’s event include ASAP Rocky, J Balvin, Megan Thee Stallion, Phoebe Bridgers, Post Malone, 21 Savage, Ellie Goulding, Young Thug, Burna Boy and Carly Rae Jepsen. A “lineup addition” to replace DaBaby is incoming, according to the Governors Ball team.

Within hours of Founders Entertainment’s announcement, DaBaby apologized again for his widely condemned Rolling Loud remarks.

“Social media moves so fast that people want to demolish you before you even have the opportunity to grow, educate, and learn from your mistakes,” the Grammy nominee wrote in a statement shared on Instagram Monday. The comment function has been disabled on the post.

“As a man who has had to make his own way from very difficult circumstances, having people I know publicly working against me — knowing that what I needed was education on these topics and guidance — has been challenging.”

Criticized by peers

In his initial response to the growing backlash, DaBaby doubled down on his comments and insisted that his words had been “twisted.” He later tweeted a brief apology, acknowledging that his speech was “insensitive” before promptly redirecting the conversation to police brutality and the commodification of Black culture.

That mea culpa was ill-received by many who accused him of using Black trauma as a shield to dodge accountability. The rapper’s misconduct also drew public criticism from several of his industry peers, including Elton John, Madonna and Dua Lipa, who featured him on her smash hit single “Levitating.”

“I appreciate the many people who came to me with kindness, who reached out to me privately to offer wisdom, education and  resources. That’s what I needed and it was received,” DaBaby continued in his Monday statement.

“I want to apologize to the LGBTQ+ community for the hurtful and triggering comments I made. Again, I apologize for my misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS and I know education on this is important. Love to all. God bless.”

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