Victoria Monet has offered to replace DaBaby’s verse in the popular remix of Dua Lipa’s song “Levitating”, after the Cleveland rapper was convicted of homophobic comments made during his performance at the Rolling Loud Festival.
The 29-year-old rapper, real name Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, was in attendance at the event when he was caught on camera making negative comments about people living with HIV.
He told the audience, “If you don’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, one of those deadly sexually transmitted diseases that will kill you in two, three weeks, then turn on your cell phone.
He continued, “Guys, if you’re not sucking shit in the parking lot, turn on your cell phone.”
The comments led to a furious backlash, as Dua Lipa called out her remarks as well.
“I am surprised and horrified by DaBaby’s comments.” she said via her Instagram stories. “I really don’t recognize this as the person I worked with.”
“I know my fans know where my heart is and that I am 100% with the LGBTQ community. We must unite to fight the stigma and ignorance around HIV / AIDS, ”she added.
On Tuesday (July 27), Monet offered to replace DaBaby’s role in Lipa’s song with his own voice.
She wrote on Twitter: “If she (Dua Lipa) wants to replace DaBaby’s verse on levitation, I’m totally available.”
The Terence Higgins Trust, a charity that works on HIV prevention and awareness, released a statement yesterday (Monday July 28) to New roses in which they accused DaBaby of “discrimination” and “spreading disinformation”.
Terrence Higgins Trust’s director of campaigns, Richard Angell, told the publication: “It is wrong for people living with HIV to feel less or excluded because of their diagnosis – this should be unacceptable in the music industry and in society in general. “
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“Comments like DaBaby’s perpetuate HIV-related stigma and discrimination, while spreading misinformation about HIV.
Angell continued, “You can now live long and healthy lives with HIV thanks to advances in medicine when you are diagnosed and have access to treatment.
“This is why it is important to challenge anything that deters people from testing and learning the facts about HIV. “