Saturday, May 18, 2024

Rapper DaBaby Career in Free Fall: Governor’s Ball Drops and Erases Him, Following Lollapalooza Scrub


Rapper DaBaby is in a career free fall.

Latest news is the performer whose real name is Jonathan Kirk has been dropped from the three day Governor’s Ball festival in September in New York. They’ve scrubbed him from their posters and website.

On Twitter the festival wrote: “Founders Entertainment does not and will not tolerate hate or discrimination of any kind. We welcome and celebrate the diverse communities that make New York City the greatest city in the world. Thank you to the fans who continue to speak up for what is right. Along with you, we will continue to use our platform for good.”

This and DaBaby’s ousting from Lollapalooza comes after reports of the rapper’s incendiary homophobic comments in public last week. Elton John, Madonna and other celebrities have denounced him. He responded on Twitter with this:

“Anybody who done ever been effected by AIDS/HIV y’all got the right to be upset, what I said was insensitive even though I have no intentions on offending anybody. So my apologies But the LGBT community… I ain’t trippin on y’all, do you. y’all business is y’all business.”
That didn’t make things any better, of course. DaBaby will have to call Nick Cannon, who was briefly ostracized for being anti-Semitic last year. Cannon went on a big apology tour and wormed his way back into the good graces of people who could make money off of him. (Others, not so much.)
Who will be next to drop DaBaby? He’s set to be at the Hot97 Summer Jam at the Meadowlands is August 22nd. I would imagine they are scrambling to find a replacement right now.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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