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Madonna drops truths about HIV/AIDS as she denounces DaBaby’s ‘hateful’ comments

Madonna has called out DaBaby on Instagram (Picture:
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Madonna has joined the chorus of celebrities denouncing DaBaby’s ‘hateful’ remarks about HIV and AIDS.

The rapper, real name Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, has come under fire for homophobic comments he made while performing at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami.

The 29-year-old told the audience: ‘If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two, three weeks, then put your cellphone light up.

‘‘Ladies, if your p***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.’

After stars like Sir Elton John and Dua Lipa – who collaborated with DaBaby on the remix of her song Levitating – called out the star for his comments, the Queen of Pop has now chimed in to drop some truths about living with HIV and AIDS.

Madonna, 62, wrote on Instagram: ‘A message to DaBaby – 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 now life saving medicines available to children born with HIV, to people who contract HIV through blood transfusions, dirty needles or exchange of bodily fluids. These new ARV’s can keep a person with AIDS alive for the rest of their lives!!! AID’s is not transmitted by standing next to someone in a crowd [sic].

‘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 🙏.’

The singer has long been a supporter of the LGBTQ+ community and at the height of her fame in the 1980s and 1990s, she tackled the stigma of HIV and AIDS by including an insert titled ;The Facts About AIDS’ in her 1989 album Like A Prayer, explaining how AIDS develops, how you can catch HIV, and advice on wearing condoms.

Madonna also raised money for the Foundation for AIDS Research through her Who’s That Girl tour, having personally lost many friends to the disease, which she referred to as a ‘plague that moved in like a black cloud in New York City’.

The Hung Up singer continued on her Instagram post to call out the sexist comments DaBaby made, writing: ‘And your sexist remarks about Ladies who’s p****es 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. @dababy.’

The rapper apologised for his comments (Picture: Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images)

Celebrity friends including Andy Cohen applauded Madonna’s post, while RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Aquaria commented: ‘Thank you for always standing up for this misunderstood and the ridiculed.’

DaBaby issued an apology of sorts on Twitter after numerous stars criticised his words, 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. So my apologies.

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

Suggesting his comments were ‘digested’ wrong, he added: ‘I tell fans to put a cellphone light in the air y’all start a million man March.

‘I told you y’all digested that wrong 🤷🏾‍♂️but I ain’t gone lie I’m impressed. Now show this same amount of support when a racist cop kill one of our black a**…YA NOT 😂.’

The rapper had earlier defended his comments, which were captured on video and circulated online, saying his onstage messages ‘never translate correctly to somebody looking at a little five, six-second clip from their goddamn crib on their phone. It just don’t work like that’.

However, in further messages, per TMZ, he said his gay fans ‘don’t got f**king AIDS’ because they ‘take care’ of themselves and aren’t ‘nasty’ or ‘junkies’, adding: ‘They got class.’

Despite his ‘apology’, DaBaby appears to have been dropped from the line-up of Parklife.

The star’s name was removed from the poster for the Manchester festival, due to take place in September, but a rep for DaBaby claimed it had nothing to do with his remarks at Rolling Loud, and that DaBaby pulled out months ago due to the effects of the pandemic. 


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