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Rapper DaBaby Apologizes for HIV Comments, Several Companies and Events Drop Him

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The rapper made insensitive comments about those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS during his set at Miami’s Rolling Loud Music Festival.

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  • DaBaby‘s rapidly rising fame came to a halt after recordings of him saying homophobic remarks surfaced on social media. While performing, the artist, whose real name is Jonathan Kirk, asked his fans to put their cellphone lights in the air if they didn’t show up to the festival with “HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two or three weeks;” this comment provided misinformation on HIV/AIDS to the crowd. DaBaby also proceeded to make lewder comments as his set went on.

  • Several celebrities revealed their disappointment with DaBaby after the footage went viral. Dua Lipa, who previously worked with him on her song “Levitating,” stated on her Instagram story she felt “surprised and horrified” by his words. She went on to say she did not “recognize this as the person I worked with” and stood “100% with the LGBTQ community.” RuPaul’s Drag Race star Trinity K. Bonet also criticized DaBaby in a tweet in which she provided information on HIV transmission. Twitch streamer Hasan Piker added to the social media backlash by saying DaBaby’s comments emitted “90s era homophobia” energy, and calling him “DaBoomer”.

  • Despite the scrutiny, DaBaby did not initially apologize. Instead, he took to his Instagram stories and told his critics to “shut the f*** up.” He additionally said what he does during live shows is for those audiences. Furthermore, he declared he will not explain said actions to somebody looking at a clip on their phone. A few slides later, DaBaby wrote more outlandish remarks.

“All the lights went up, gay or straight. You wanna know why? Because even my gay fans don’t got f****** AIDS… They don’t got AIDS. My gay fans, they take care of theyself, they ain’t going for that. They ain’t no nasty gay n*****. They ain’t no junkies on the street,” DaBaby proceeded to say.

  • DaBaby did not show any signs of remorse until brands and events began to drop him. Last week, boohooMAN, an online retail store, kicked off the rapper’s cancellation by announcing they would no longer work with him. BoohooMAN stated the company prioritizes diversity and inclusion, does not tolerate hate speech, and that it stands in solidarity with the LGBTQ community.
  • After this, DaBaby released an apology on Twitter. He reported that anyone suffering from HIV or AIDS has a right to be upset and that he did not intend on offending anyone. He also addressed the LGBTQ community by telling them he has no issue with them.

  • Although DaBaby apologized, others quickly followed boohooMAN’s steps. This week, events such as Lollapalooza, Day N Vegas, and Governors Ball canceled his sets and created new lineups.

Alongside this controversy, DaBaby has previously roused negative attention to himself due to violent behavior, drug offenses, and possession of loaded and concealed weapons.

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Former NFL Champ Nate Burleson joins CBS Mornings

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Former NFL player Nate Burleson has officially made his hosting debut on the newly branded morning talk show, CBS Mornings.

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  • It was announced earlier this month that Burleson would replace Anthony Mason. Previously Mason joined Gayle King and Tony Doukoupil as host of the former CBS This Morning.  The show was rebranded in tandem to the relocation of their set to Times Square and Burleson joining the cast.
  • Since 2017, former NFL player Burleson has been the host of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network and has served as an analyst on The NFL Today on CBS. Burleson will continue his role on The NFL Today.

  • Burleson is the second former NFL player to join a network morning TV show, with Michael Strahan playing a major role as a co-host on ABC‘s Good Morning America.

Burleson credits Michael Strahan as the ‘blueprint’ for his career path, explaining, “He’s one of those individuals that I took a liking to once I retired because he rewrote the blueprint. I don’t want to say that he is the blueprint, because there has been plenty of players that have transitioned out of the game into TV. There have been African American men and women before him that have done the same thing, but he is a guy that has shown me the lay of the land, especially being a transplant from the West Coast to now New York.”

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Polo G Reportedly Arrested in Los Angeles on Concealed Weapon Charge

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Polo G was arrested on in Los Angeles on Monday, TMZ reports.

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According to the outlet, Polo G was arrested after police allegedly found a concealed firearm on the Hall of Fame rapper, which TMZ points out is a felony. The supposed discovery of the firearm occurred when a vehicle Polo G was a passenger in was stopped.

It’s currently unclear why the vehicle was pulled over in the first place but it was reported that a male juvenile was also detained during the stop.

Polo was similarly arrested while he was in Miami for his Hall of Fame album release party. The arrest, which took place back in June, resulted in the rapper getting hit with charges of of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and criminal mischief. The rapper was also a passenger in a vehicle at the time of that arrest.

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Cardi B and Offset Welcome Their 2nd Child Together, His 5th

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Cardi B welcomed her and Offset’s second child together on Saturday, September 4.

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“9/4/21,” Cardi, 28, captioned a Monday, September 5, Instagram upload, alongside a blue heart emoji.

 

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The couple announced the Grammy winner’s pregnancy in June at the BET Awards. The “WAP” rapper showed her baby bump in a sheer jumpsuit during a joint performance.

The couple welcome Kulture, 3, July 2018. Offset, 29, previously welcomed Jordan, 11, Kody, 6, and Kalea, 6, in previous relationships.

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