Elton John Reacts To DaBaby For His Homophobic Statements
As the founder of Elton John AIDS Foundation, Elton John recently shared a post to give the correct information about HIV after the controversial statements of rapper DaBaby on his official Instagram account. He also targeted the rapper saying that there is no place for homophobic people in the society and music industry.
As you may know, 2021’s Rolling Loud Festival was held between July 23 and 25, in Miami with the participation of many rap and hip-hop musicians such as Travis Scott, A$AP Rocky, Post Malone, Meghan Thee Stallion, and DaBaby. However, the festival made it to the headlines mostly due to the statements of DaBaby instead of the performances of the artists.
DaBaby asked his audience to put their cell phone light up apart from those who were HIV-positive or gay men who had sex in car parks. He then went on to falsely claim that HIV-positive people had 2-3 weeks to live. The fact that DaBaby invited Tory Lanez, who had previously shot Meghan Thee Stallion, to the stage and his discriminative attitude toward the LGBTQ community and HIV-positive people caused a serious backlash from both fans and other musicians.
In his recent Instagram post, as a person who spent a lot of time raising awareness about HIV with his foundation, Elton John reacted to DaBaby’s shocking and discriminative statements, while sharing important facts about HIV. John stated that HIV-positive people can live a healthy life and don’t pass it onto other people thanks to the medication. He added that musicians should bring marginalized people to the center and encourage equality and respect, instead of discriminating against them.
Elton John’s IG post read as follows:
“We’ve been shocked to read about the HIV misinformation and homophobic statements made at a recent DaBaby show. This fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic.
The facts are:
HIV has affected over 70 million people globally: men, women, children, and the most vulnerable people in our communities.
In America, a gay black man has a 50% lifetime chance of contracting HIV. Stigma and shame around HIV and homosexuality is a huge driver of this vulnerability. We need to break down the myths and judgments and not fuel these.
You can live a long and healthy life with HIV. 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 marginalized people in our communities. A musician’s job is to bring people together.“
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