The rapper upset gay rights activists and followers when he appeared to poke fun at his gay fans during his set, asking those who didn't have HIV or Aids to hold up their cellphone lights.
"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!" he said, adding, "Fellas, if you ain't sucking d**k in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up!"
Meanwhile, bosses at a top HIV charity have slammed DaBaby for his remarks, raging, "It's wrong for people living with HIV to be made to feel lesser or excluded because of their diagnosis."
A Terrence Higgins Trust spokesman has accused the rap star of perpetuating "HIV-related stigma and discrimination, as well as spreading misinformation about HIV," adding, "You can now live a long, healthy life with HIV thanks to medical progress when you're diagnosed and accessing treatment."
After many people criticised the rapper's statements as homophobic, he doubled down on his opinion on Instagram with a lengthy video response on Monday, stating, "What I do at a live show is for the audience at the live show. It'll 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."
"Because, regardless of what y'all motherf**kers are talking about and how the internet twisted up my motherf**king words, me and all my fans at the show, the gay ones and the straight ones, we turned the f**k up. (sic)"