Azealia Banks Wants DaBaby to Stay "Cancelled"
"Apology or not, keep him cancelled"
Published Aug 05, 2021For someone who is well known for her own transgressions against the gay community, Azealia Banks sure has a lot to say about DaBaby's most recent controversy, which found the rapper dropped from several festivals and short a brand deal after going on a homophobic rant at Rolling Loud in Miami last month.
Banks is only the latest public figure to chime in on the matter, and unlike some, she is advocating for fans to permanently "cancel" DaBaby — not for his misinformed and harmful comments about people with HIV/AIDS, however, but for another incident that saw the rapper accused of slapping a woman in the face back in 2020.
"Y'all should have BEEN cancelled DaBaby when he was caught on camera punching a female fan in the face," Banks wrote on her Instagram stories [via XXL]. "I'm not believing any of this performative cancelling ppl are doing now when everyone was so quick to forget that happened. Apology or not, keep him cancelled."
While Banks has a valid point to make, the sentiment feels off considering her own history of homophobic abuse against Zayn Malik, drag queen Monét X Change, Perez Hilton and more — not to mention that time she too resorted to violence and allegedly bit a security guard "in the boob."
Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus has taken a different approach to the issue, offering resources to DaBaby amid his apology tour.
"It's easier to cancel someone than to find forgiveness and compassion in ourselves or take the time to change hearts and minds," the singer posted on Instagram yesterday (August 4). "There's no more room for division if we want to keep seeing progress! Knowledge is power! I know I still have so much to learn!"
Cyrus, who calls herself a member of the LGBTQ+ community, famously came under fire for her own homophobic remarks when she told her fans on a livestream that "you don't have to be gay," in reference to finding kinship with her then sort-of boyfriend Cody Simpson.
Yesterday, 11 organizations representing people with HIV/AIDS and the LGBTQ+ community published an open letter to DaBaby, calling for a dialogue surrounding "stigmas attached to anti-Blackness, living with HIV, misogyny, and anti-LGBTQ attitudes and stereotypes," and pleading with DaBaby to use his platform and celebrity to "heal not harm."
The rapper has issued two apologies regarding the matter, though many fans have questioned the sincerity of his words.