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Madonna Slams DaBaby's Hateful HIV Lies 

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The legendary pop icon Madonna joined celebrities such as Elton John and Dua Lipa in condemning homophobic and sexist comments U.S. rapper DaBaby’s made at Rolling Loud Miami on Sunday.

Posting a video of the incident on her Instagram page on Thursday, Madonna called DaBaby’s comments “hateful.” She also went on to set the record straight about HIV after DaBaby told the crowd stigmatizing misinformation about the virus.

“After decades of hard won scientific research— there are now life saving medicines available to children born with HIV, to people who contract HIV through blood transfusions, dirty needles or exchange of bodily fluids. These new ARV’s [anti-retrovirals] can keep a person with AIDS alive for the rest of their lives!!!” Madonna wrote.

“I want to put my cellphone lighter up and pray for your ignorance, No one dies of AIDS in 2 or 3 weeks anymore. Thank God,” she added.

Madonna also called out DaBaby’s derogatory comments against women, writing “And your sexist remarks about Ladies [whose] p****** need to smell like water only encourage more discrimination against women who fight daily against the oppression of living under the constraints of the Male Gaze.”

She ended her Instagram post calling for equality.

“All Human beings should be treated with dignity and respect regardless of race, gender, sexual preference or religious beliefs.”

U.S. Rapper DaBaby made the homophobic and HIV comments on Sunday.

“If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two, three weeks, then put your cellphone light up,” DaBaby said.

“Fellas, if you ain’t suck a n**** dick in the parking lot, put your cell phone lights in the air. Keep it f****** real,” he added.

After issuing an apology earlier this week, DaBaby released a new video on Wednesday. In that video, he holds up a sign that reads “AIDS.”  DaBaby then raps that “like AIDS,” he won't go away. The end of the video has a message that states “Don’t fight hate with hate” in rainbow letters. The writing then changes to “My apologies for being me, the same way you want the freedom to be you.”

On Twitter, LGBTQ+ rights group GLAAD wrote only about 50 percent of Americans feel knowledgeable about HIV and that lack of knowledge leads to stigma. “DaBaby's comments perpetuate that stigma,” the group said.

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