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Sir Elton Reacts to Rapper's HIV Comments

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DaBaby's comments during his controversial Rolling Loud set in Miami, Florida, over the weekend continue to draw reactions from the entertainment industry. After Dua Lipa, his collaborator on the hit song Levitating, said she was ''surprised and horrified'' by his words, Elton responded on Twitter.

 
He pointed out that such statements can ''fuel stigma and discrimination,'' which is ''the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic.''
 
The singer continued: ''The facts are: HIV has affected over 70 million people globally: men, women, children, and the most vulnerable people in our communities.
 
''In America, a gay black man has a 50% lifetime chance of contracting HIV. Stigma and shame around HIV and homosexuality is a huge driver of this vulnerability. We need to break down the myths and judgments and not fuel these. 
 
''You can live a long and healthy life with HIV. Treatment is so advanced that with one pill a day. HIV can become undetectable in your body so you can't pass it onto other people.
 
''Homophobic and HIV mistruths have no place in our society and industry and as musicians, we must spread compassion and love for the most marginalised people in our communities.
 
''A musican's job is to bring people together.''
 
Also weighing in was Charlamagne tha God. On his radio show, The Breakfast Club, he advised: ''Leave people alone. Folks not bothering you so why are you bothering them?
 
At first, DaBaby doubled down on his comments (which implied that anyone with HIV, AIDS, or other ''deadly sexually transmitted diseases'' would be likely to die in two or three weeks).
 
The 29-year-old has since apologised, insisting he has nothing against the LGBTQ community.
 
He tweeted that anyone affected by AIDS/HIV had the right to be upset, and that his statements were insensitive, even though he hadn't meant to offend anybody.
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