DaBaby in Hot Water After HIV Remarks on Live Show as Elton John, Dua Lipa Join in to Lambast Rapper

American rapper DaBaby has discovered himself in the crosshairs of social media critics and celebrity counterparts after remarks he made about HIV during one of his live shows deemed by many as “homophobic statements”.

DaBaby’s punchline about HIV and AIDS that he made at a Sunday live show prompted reactions from many, including iconic British musician Elton John and Dua Lipa, the latter DaBaby’s collaborator for the hit single “Levitating”.

“If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases, that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up…”, DaBaby was recorded as saying during a concert. “Fellas, if you ain’t sucking d**k in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up.”

Elton John responded with a Twitter tirade on HIV and AIDS, beginning with condemnation of the rapper who, according to the British singer, “fueled stigma and discrimination”, with his statements being the “opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic.”

“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”, John tweeted, adding that “a musician’s job is to bring people together.”