Rapper DaBaby booted from Lollapalooza after homophobic comments
The Grammy-nominated artiste had been scheduled as a closing act on the final night of the four-day music festival. Lollapalooza organisers tweeted on Sunday (Aug 1) that rapper Young Thug would perform instead.
Rapper DaBaby was cut on Sunday (Aug 1) from Lollapalooza's closing lineup following crude and homophobic remarks he made last week at a Miami-area music festival.
The Grammy-nominated artiste, whose name is Jonathan Kirk, had been scheduled as a closing act on the final night of the four-day music festival in downtown Chicago. Lollapalooza organisers tweeted on Sunday that rapper Young Thug would perform at 9pm instead.
Festival organisers didn't immediately reply to a request for comment.
In recent days, artistes 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 people with HIV and AIDS. Using crude language, he asked attendees who weren't gay men or people affected by HIV or AIDS to raise 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. A person who answered the phone on Sunday at his label, South Coast Music Group, and did not give his name said, “No comment".
The North Carolina rapper’s song Rockstar was one of the biggest hits of 2020 and was nominated for a Grammy Award for record of the year.