Singer and queen of cover songs Miley Cyrus is taking the high road and offering to converse with and educate rapper DaBaby after his queerphobic and misogynistic rant last week during a Rolling Loud Miami concert.
Rather than chastise the rapper for his remarks, she chose to use this as a teaching opportunity, and pointed out how social media can sometimes be polarizing in these instances – something that she hopes to shift.
"As a proud and loyal member of the LGBTQIA+ community,” she wrote on Instagram, “much of my life has been dedicated to encouraging love, acceptance, and open mindedness. The internet can fuel a lot of hate & anger and is the nucleus of cancel culture...but I believe it can also be a place filled with education, conversation, communication, & connection."
"It's easier to cancel someone than to find forgiveness and compassion in ourselves or take the time to change hearts and minds,” she continued. “There's no more room for division if we want to keep seeing progress! Knowledge is power! I know I still have so much to learn!"
She captioned the post, “DaBaby check your DMS - would love to talk and see how we can learn from each other and help be part of making a more just and understanding future!”
Last week during the Rolling Loud Miami concert, DaBaby made a series of disparaging and factually inaccurate remarks aimed at HIV/AIDs sufferers, women’s bodies, and the queer community. He has since faced a wave of condemnation from the music community, including harsh words from Madonna, Elton John, Dua Lipa (who featured him on her hit song “Levitating”), and more.
Material Girl Madonna, who spent much of the 80s and 90s campaigning hard for HIV/AIDs education and research (and lost good friends Keith Haring and Martin Burgoyne to the disease), took a harsher tone when addressing DaBaby on Instagram.
“If you’re going to make hateful remarks to the LGBTQ+ community about HIV/AIDS then know your facts,” the Vogue singer began. “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.”
“No one dies of AIDS in 2 or 3 weeks anymore. Thank God,” she continued.
She also addressed his misogynistic remarks about women’s bodies, saying that only encourages, “more discrimination against women who fight daily against the oppression of living under the constraints of the Male Gaze.”
“All Human beings should be treated with dignity and respect regardless of race, gender, sexual preference or religious beliefs. AMEN,” she capped off her post.
Legend Elton John also took to Instagram to condemn the rapper's hateful rant, writing in the caption, “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.”
He capped off his post with, “Homophobic and HIV mistruths have no place in our society and industry and as musicians, we must spread compassion and love for the most marginalised people in our communities. A musician’s job is to bring people together.”
The fallout from DaBaby’s rant has been swift, with the Day N Vegas festival dropping him from the lineup, as well as Lollapalooza taking the same action. UK’s Parklife fest quietly removed him from the roster, as did the iHeartRadio Music Festival.
DaBaby has since issued two apologies, the most recent one on Monday on Instagram, where he wrote in a post that has comments turned off, “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 educated on these topics and guidance – has been challenging. 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.”
He continued, “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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