DaBaby

LGBTQ media advocacy organization GLAAD has released a statement in response to the controversial comments rapper DaBaby made during his Rolling Loud music festival performance.


At the music festival in Miami on Sunday, DaBaby, interrupted his performance to make some disturbing comments about HIV and the LGBTQ community.

According to TMZ, the rapper told audience members, in part, to hold up their cellphone flashlights, "If you didn't show up today with HIV/AIDS or other STDs that'll make you die in 2-3 weeks," along with other homophobic comments.

In response to these comments, GLAAD's Associate Director of Communities of Color DaShawn Usher said:

"The rhetoric that DaBaby used is inaccurate, hurtful, and harmful to the LGBTQ community and the estimated 1.2 million Americans living with HIV. It is critical that DaBaby and his fans learn that people living with HIV today, when on effective treatment, lead long and healthy lives and cannot transmit HIV. While DaBaby has made haphazard attempts to 'apologize,' actions need to be taken for full accountability and changes to do better in the future. It further confirms what GLAAD reported last year in the State of HIV Stigma Study that stigma and misinformation around HIV is widespread, and there is much work to be done to educate the public, including entertainers."

Read Dashawn's thread here:

In addition to this response from GLAAD, DaBaby has also received criticism from celebrities. Artists like Demi Lovato, collaborator Dua Lipa, and Elton John have all condemned his rhetoric.

Even clothing company boohooMAN announced that they would no longer be working with the rapper following the controversy.

In their press release GLAAD reiterated its findings from their 2020 State of HIV Stigma Study which "found that only half of American adults feel knowledgeable about HIV and that high levels of perceived stigma around HIV still exist. About 90% of American adults agreed 'there is stigma around HIV,' 'people are quick to judge those with HIV,' and that 'people make assumptions when someone is tested for HIV.'"

These statistics put into perspective just how damaging DaBaby's comments are to a community already facing massive stigma and false perceptions.

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Get ready Netflix fans! The platform just announced that two of its biggest stars are joining together for their newest movie.

Netflix revealed to TODAY that their latest film project is bringing Joey King, from The Kissing Booth, and Chase Stokes, from Outerbanks, together to play the two lead roles.

The new movie is an adaptation based off of the hit young adult sci-fi series Uglies by Scott Westerfield. Rumors about a film adaptation for the series have been circulating since the first novel's release, so Netflix's announcement comes as quite the pleasant surprise for fans.

Netflix had already teased that King was joining the cast for Uglies, however Stokes' involvement in the production was completely unknown until Tuesday. Along with announcing Stokes as the latest addition to the cast, Brianne Tju, from MTV's Scream, and Keith Powers, from the Freeform drama Famous in Love, will also be joining.

Uglies takes place in a dystopian society where beauty standards are taken to whole new extremes. Instead of getting your driver's permit at 16, teenagers are instead forced to get a complete reconstructive surgery, making them absolutely flawless--but that seems to be the flaw.

King is set to play the main protagonist of the film, Tally Youngblood, who will do literally anything to avoid her surgery. The roles of Stokes, Tju, and Powers still have yet to be released.

Uglies will be directed by Joseph McGinty Nichol, also known as McG, and Krista Vernoff is heading the screenplay adaptation. King will be executive producing the film alongside Jamie King, John Fox, and Scott Westerfield himself.

A premiere date for Uglies has yet to be disclosed.

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