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Saweetie commented on homophobia in rap after fellow rapper DaBaby was "canceled" for uttering anti-ghey and anti-HIV comments at Rolling Loud festival in Miami.

Saweetie insists people should "respect each other" as all humans are the same regardless of gender identity or sexual preference.

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The curvaceous rapper (pictured far right) says all people are "equal" and calls for more to be done to stop the spread of hate toward LGBT+ people.

Speaking about her LGBTQ fans, Saweetie tells PEOPLE:

"I think that it's important that we all respect each other. We all bleed the same. We're all human beings. I was raised in a household that believes in respecting everyone, no matter who they are, no matter what they do, because at the end of the day, we're all equal.

"We all need to call out what we're uncomfortable with. We need to call out what we stand for and for what we believe is right."

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The rapper's growing popularity landed her a corporate sponsorship and her own Saweetie Meal from McDonald's.

Saweetie's comments come after DaBaby deleted his apology that his publicist wrote to the LGBT+ community on his Instagram page.

The post read:

"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 knew education on this is important. Love to all. God bless."

The rapper was widely criticized for his original comments about HIV and AIDS. He has lost millions in endorsements and summer festival bookings.

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DaBaby said on stage:

"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 cell phone lighter up...

"Fellas, if you ain't sucking d**k in the parking lot, put your cell phone lighter up."

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50 Cent is confident the world will forget DaBaby's homophobic rant in Miami, and welcome him back with open arms.

DaBaby, real name Jonathan Kirk, was "canceled" after uttering anti-HIV and anti-LGBT+ comments during his set at Rolling Loud music festival last month.

The 29-year-old was dropped by a plethora of summer music festivals including Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, Parklife, Day N Vegas, ACL Fest, iHeartRadio Music Festival, and Can't Wait Live concert, among others.

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READ ALSO: DaBaby Deletes Apology to LGBT+ Community From Instagram Page
 
The pint-sized rapper further angered LGBT+ groups by deleting his publicist's apology to the LGBT+ community from his Instagram page.

But rapper 50 Cent doesn't believe DaBaby's homophobic rant is enough to cancel his rap career.

In an interview with E!'s Nightly Pop, Fiddy said DaBaby just doesn't realize he's a rap superstar who should watch what he says.

The 46-year-old rap veteran said DaBaby could benefit from media training.

"He just transitioned from being in that pool that everyone's in, as a rap artist. They didn't notify him that he's turning into a superstar. There's nobody that tells you, 'now you're being held to these standards that are mainstream standards that you can't say things, you can't do these different things.'

"He's just two years into his career, there's no artist development, no A&R... and he's definitely had no media training."

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Earlier this month, it was reported that rapper DaBaby did not respond to requests from LGBT+ groups to help create an HIV awareness and anti-stigma campaign targeting Black males.

DaBaby was "canceled" after uttering anti-HIV and anti-LGBT+ comments during his set at Rolling Loud music festival in Miami last month.

In addition to the PSA campaign, the "Suge" rapper was asked by music festival organizers to record a video of his "sincere and heartfelt" apology to the LGBT+ community.

According to industry insiders, DaBaby agreed to record a video in which he planned to confess that he was "touched" by a male family acquaintance as a child.

That incident reportedly fueled his longstanding hostility and resentment toward homosexuals as an adult.

READ ALSO: Elton John Drives the Final Nail Into DaBaby's Rap Career

As reported by Billboard, a publicist for DaBaby reached out to seven fall festival promoters and assured them that the video was forthcoming.

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The apology video was to be played before he hit the stage at Lollapalooza. However, DaBaby missed the deadline to submit the video to Lollapalooza organizers for their approval.

He was dropped from the lineup and his slot was given to another rapper with feminine tendencies, Young Thug.

DaBaby has since lost lucrative gigs at other music festivals including Governors Ball, Parklife, Day N Vegas, ACL Fest, and the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

To control the significant damage to his rap career, DaBaby's publicist wrote a heartfelt apology to the LGBT+ community and shared it on the rapper's Instagram.

But the third party apology was too little, too late.
 

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DaBaby refuses to apologize for a 4th time for his anti-HIV, homophobic rant at Rolling Loud festival last week.

The 29-year-old rapper paused his set at Rolling Loud in Miami, saying:

"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.

"Ladies, if your p**sy smell like water, put your cellphone lighter up. Fellas, if you ain't sucking d**k in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up."

DaBaby's second and third apologies were met with more outrage since he clearly was not remorseful.

He dug in his heels as A-list celebrities such as Elton John and Madonna dragged him.

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Then he was dropped from the upcoming Governors Ball and Lollapalooza.

As the intense outrage and fallout continued, DaBaby's publicist issued a formal apology on Monday for "hurtful" and "triggering" comments.

The lengthy apology included soothing, damage control language such as:

"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. 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."

However, the publicist's apology only made the rapper's critics declare that his publicist's apology is not accepted.

The comments were turned off on the Instagram post, but critics weighed in on Twitter.com.

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Madonna and musician Questlove joined the ranks of celebrities and VIPs condemning rapper DaBaby for his insensitive anti-HIV rant at Rolling Loud festival.

Madonna said she plans to "pray" over DaBaby's "ignorance" in response to his offensive comments about people living with HIV at Miami's Rolling Loud festival on Sunday.
 

READ ALSO: T.I. feels betrayed by LGBT+ community bullying him and DaBaby

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She shared a clip of the 29-year-old's controversial speech on Instagram, in which the "canceled" rapper told the audience:

"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.

"Ladies, if your p**sy smell like water, put your cellphone lighter up. Fellas, if you ain't sucking d**k in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up."

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The 62-year-old star captioned the post:

"If you're going to make hateful remarks to the LGBTQ+ community about HIV/AIDS then know your facts: After decades of hard-won scientific research - there are lifesaving medicines available to children born with HIV, to people who contract HIV through blood transfusions, dirty needles or exchange of bodily fluids.

"I want to put my cellphone lighter up and pray for your ignorance, No one dies of AIDS in 2 or 3 weeks anymore. Thank God. And your sexist remarks about Ladies who's p**sies need to smell like water only encourage more discrimination against women who fight daily against the oppression of living under the constraints of the Male Gaze.

"People like you are the reason we are still living in a world divided by fear. All Human beings should be treated with dignity and respect regardless of race, gender, sexual preference or religious beliefs. AMEN.(sic)"

Responding to Madonna's criticism, DaBaby wrote on his Instagram Stories: "Hey Mo, don't shake up dem t**ties!"

Meanwhile, The Roots drummer Questlove, 50, also blasted DaBaby, calling him an "idiot".

"Somebody Gotta say it: Homophobia/Transphobia/Xenophobia/Misogyny/Racism - this should go w/o saying is morally wrong," Questlove wrote on Instagram.

"That was f**ked up & wrong. I had to say something. Again I'm not doing this for 'what do you want a cookie bro w your love ye one another posts?' Black people already have a code about publicly criticizing so I'll admit I was slow to do this because I mean he don't know me from Adam. So this will prolly get marked as 'old hater' territory."

As predicted, DaBaby replied to Questlove:

"I ain't even tryna be funny when I say... I do not know who dis n***a is dawg and do not care bout loosing you as a fan my boy LOL @questlove."

DaBaby's upcoming shows have been canceled and clothier BooHooMAN dropped him as a celebrity sponsor.

The industry is outraged over DaBaby's rant. They say, DaBaby - whose real name is Jonathan Kirk - sabotaged their efforts to raise HIV awareness and increase LGBT+ visibility in the Black community.

They fear many down low rappers will slip back undercover due to DaBaby's homophobic rant.

DaBaby hasn't responded to their requests to create an HIV awareness and anti-stigma campaign targeting Black males.

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Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris feels betrayed by the LGBT+ community after facing backlash for defending fellow rapper DaBaby's anti-ghey comments.

T.I. spoke out about the growing campaign to cancel DaBaby following his anti-HIV rant during his set at Rolling Loud in Miami on Sunday.

In an Instagram live video, T.I. expressed his frustration with the LGBT+ community for attacking DaBaby's artistic expression onstage.

"Everyone up in arms and upset about what DaBaby said. I understand people saying that they feel that it's insensitive. I think you guys have to understand that on stage, that's not the place that rappers go to be sensitive and soothe everybody's feelings. It's a place to go to have a good time."

T.I. stressed that he was once an ally of the LGBT+ community who are now "bullying" him and DaBaby for practicing their freedom of speech.

"Why do words cause such a visceral reaction that will lead to someone trying to attack, villainize, demonize, crucify, condemn and like, it's, that sh*t is like, now you bullying. We all stood up on behalf of gays and lesbians and people in the gay community because we thought it was some bullsh*t for y'all to have to be bullied.

But I don't think any of us did that to feel like you would now have the authority to come and bully us."

 

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Rapper Boosie Badazz was banned (again) on Instagram for posting a photo of a nude woman. In response, he created a new IG page and attacked country trap rapper Lil Nas X on Instagram Live.

He also defended fellow rapper DaBaby who was canceled after his anti-ghey, anti-HIV rant at Rolling Loud in Miami on Sunday.

Twitter users created memes of DaBaby and Boosie.

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In one meme, DaBaby (left) and Boosie (right) join LNX in an imagined scene from his "Industry Baby" music video.

Boosie, real name Torrence Hatch Jr., was banned on IG this week after posting a photo of a naked woman sitting on a piano.

The 38-year-old Louisiana native shaded Lil Nas X and made vulgar references about his homosexual lifestyle.

He directed his anger toward the head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, who appeared on The Breakfast Club radio show.

Boosie blamed racism and asked Mosseri why other influencers who post nudity on the platform are not banned.

On his Instagram live, he attacked Lil Nas X and claimed that the photo sharing platform protects LNX who dances naked with men but doesn't get banned.

He also defended fellow rapper DaBaby who angered LGBT+ groups with his anti-ghey rant at Rolling Loud.

"If I was DaBaby, I'll tell them f**k y'all," said Boosie.

"Lil Nas, they want to perform naked for charity... That's the most disrespectful [expletive] in the world.... They got kids who watch that sh*t," he said, before urging LNX to give head on IG.

Boosie called LNX a "fa**ot" and said he would "beat up" the 22-year-old rapper.

The video went viral on Twitter, where LGBT+ users who were busy canceling rapper DaBaby have now focused their energy on canceling Boosie.
 

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LGBT+ groups say rapper DaBaby has gone too far with his offensive music video titled "Giving What It's Supposed to Give."

DaBaby directed the video himself because he couldn't find a director willing to take the heat.

The new video, released on Wednesday, July 28, appears to reference his controversial anti-ghey, anti-HIV rant at Rolling Loud festival in Miami on Sunday, July 25.

The 29-year-old Capricorn urged concertgoers who didn't have HIV or Aids or "any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that'll make you die in two or three weeks" to "put your cellphone light in the air".

He also urged men to raise their cellphone lights if they didn't give oral sex to other men in the parking lot.

His comments sparked backlash from stars including his "Levitating" collaborator Dua Lipa and gay rights activist Sir Elton John.

His upcoming concerts were canceled and BooHooMAN USA dropped him as a celebrity sponsor.

DaBaby has issued two apologies, asking LGBT+ members to give him the same freedom of expression that they expect.

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In his new music video, "Giving What It's Supposed to Give," the rapper holds up a sign that reads "AIDS" while being berated by two homosexual males. He lowers the sign, pulls out a gun and shoots both males.

In another scene, he is pleasured by a white woman in a kitchen while he raps, "That head is giving what it's supposed to give."

The video ends with the words "Don't Fight Hate With Hate" in rainbow colors, alongside: "My apologies for being me the same way you want the freedom to be you."

The music video only angered LGBT+ activists, who argue that DaBaby is not remorseful or sorry for his behavior.

DaShawn Usher, GLAAD's Associate Director of Communities of Color, said in a statement:

"The rhetoric that DaBaby used is inaccurate, hurtful, and harmful to the LGBTQ community and the estimated 1.2 million Americans living with HIV. It is critical that DaBaby and his fans learn that people living with HIV today... lead long and healthy lives and cannot transmit HIV.

"While DaBaby has made haphazard attempts to 'apologize,' actions need to be taken for full accountability and changes to do better in the future. It further confirms what GLAAD reported last year in the State of HIV Stigma Study that stigma and misinformation around HIV is widespread, and there is much work to be done to educate the public, including entertainers."

LGBT+ groups have reached out to DaBaby to help create an HIV awareness and anti-stigma campaign targeting Black males.

So far, the rapper has not responded.
 

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Elton John politely joined the public backlash against rapper DaBaby for his anti-ghey and anti-HIV rant at Rolling Loud.

The openly ghey pop icon slammed rapper DaBaby for stigmatizing HIV/AIDS survivors with his hateful speech on July 25 in Miami, Florida.

The rapper urged concertgoers who didn't have HIV or AIDS or "any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases" to "put your cellphone light in the air".

He also urged heterosexual men to raise their cellphones high if they didn't give oral sex to other males in the parking lot.

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DaBaby immediately received backlash for his remarks from gay rights activists and officials, and now Sir Elton John is criticizing him for adding to "stigma and discrimination".

"We've been shocked to read about the HIV misinformation and homophobic statements made at a recent DaBaby show," he wrote on Instagram.

"This fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic.

"HIV misinformation and homophobia have no place in the music industry. We must break down the stigma around HIV and not spread it. As musicians, it's our job to bring people together."

DaBaby has now apologized twice for his verbal rampage, tweeting:

"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 [sic]."

DaBaby is officially canceled. Several of the rapper's upcoming shows have been canceled by club promoters who don't want their venues destroyed by angry protesters.

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Rapper DaBaby issued an official apology for his homophobic Rolling Loud festival rant in Miami, Florida on July 23.

In his official apology, the rapper admitted his comments were "insensitive" and disrespectful to the LGBT+ community and HIV/AIDS survivors.

The rapper upset gay rights activists with his speech about HIV and AIDS sufferers during his set.

"If you didn't show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that'll make you die in two or three weeks, put your cellphone light in the air," he said.

He added, "Fellas, if you ain't suck a n**ga's d**k in the parking lot, put your cellphone lights in the air. Keep it f**king real."

His comments sparked major backlash online and in his bank accounts. His critics included his "Levitating" collaborator Dua Lipa, who said she was "surprised" and "horrified" at his comments.

DaBaby tweeted on Tuesday:

"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 But the LGBT community... I ain't trippin on y'all, do you. y'all business is y'all business [sic]."

 

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Rapper DaBaby's homophobic and anti-HIV speech at the Rolling Loud music festival sparked outrage on Twitter.

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The 29-year-old Capricorn uttered the comments during his live set at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sunday, July 25.

"If you didn't show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that'll make you die in 2, 3 weeks, then put your cellphone light up.

"Ladies, if your pu$$y smell like water, put a cellphone light them up. Fellas, if you ain't sucking d**k in the parking lot put your cellphone light up. Keep it real."

Ghey Twitter lit up as users expressed their outrage when the video went viral last night.

HIV advocacy groups slammed the rap star for "spreading misinformation about HIV."

"It's wrong for people living with HIV to be made to feel lesser or excluded because of their diagnosis – it should be unacceptable in the musical industry and in society at large," said Richard Angell, campaigns director at the Terrence Higgins Trust.

He added:

"Comments like DaBaby's perpetuate HIV-related stigma and discrimination, as well as spreading misinformation about HIV.

"You can now live a long, healthy life with HIV thanks to medical progress when you're diagnosed and accessing treatment.

"That's why it's important to challenge anything that deters people from testing and learning the facts about HIV."

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