NOTICE: To prevent stigma and misinformation from spreading like wildfire, we can use times like the DaBaby controversy to tackle homophobia and misinformation in the black community.
We might want to rethink the cancellation DaBaby.
It is debatable whether it deserves a second chance, but its cancellation means that we are missing an important opportunity to tackle homophobia and misconceptions about HIV / AIDS in the black community.
DaBaby’s comments on Rolling Cloud Sparks Backlash
Last week, the Cleveland-born rapper made headlines when he shared bogus and disparaging comments about gay men and HIV during a performance at a music festival in Miami.
DaBaby’s comments not only shattered the cardinal sins of promoting homophobia and spreading disinformation, but also perpetuated a “HIV is a gay disease” myth that is not only false but detrimental to global efforts. of sexual health medicine.
It didn’t take long for DaBaby to feel the heat. The reaction was swift and fierce with celebrities including Ellen degeneres, Elton john, Demi Lovato, and Dua Lipa condemning his behavior.
But instead of offering a heartfelt apology, DaBaby doubled down on her comments and posted her clip for “Giving What It’s Meant to Give” on Instagram. The enigmatic title further irritated its detractors. DaBaby’s disconnected response was captured in his caption, where he noted the excellence of his performance and how it was overshadowed by his callous comments, which were jokingly made as a paid artist.
In a series of subsequent Instagram stories, the rapper took his anti-gay rant further. “My gay fans, they take care of them. They don’t have bad gays, you know what I’m saying? They are not drug addicts on the street.
Many believe that the final blow to the rapper’s nascent career is not the result of his comments, but of his challenge and listless response.
“Anyone who has ever been touched [sic] with AIDS / HIV you all have the right to be upset, what I said was insensitive even though I have no intention of offending anyone. So my apologies, “he wrote.” But the LGBT community … I’m not bothering you, are you. Your stuff is all your stuff, “he continued, tugging needlessly. the gay community.
He has since offered a second excuse, but many believe he only did it to stop the bleeding. The rapper has been removed from several music festival schedules, including NYC’s Governors Ball, Austin City Limits, Day N Vegas, Lollapalooza and Music Midtown.
Cancel culture is a new term, but an old practice
The practice of public humiliation is not new. Throughout history, transgressors who broke unwritten and written social rules have been ousted from the group in the manner of the Scarlet Letter. DaBaby is quite simply the last victim.
Public humiliation, which is now called the culture of cancellation, has been criticized for its perpetuation of intolerance and thought policing, but its use has grown over the years. The purpose of canceling culture is to cause shame and irreparable damage to one’s image for breaking an agreed social rule. Homophobia and the spread of false information, such as racism and anti-Semitism, are two of the countless cardinal sins that society has deemed unacceptable in any setting.
But how far are we prepared to go with our cancellation and at what cost? Canceling everything and everyone who makes a mistake has a price. While speaking out against bad behavior is important, a culture that encourages people to quickly quit and be reluctant to forgive is dangerous. This creates an environment that does not allow anyone to disagree, change their mind, behave correctly, or learn from their mistakes. After all, mistakes are part of what makes us human. It is thanks to them that we grow and develop as people.
An opportunity to showcase LGBTQ + health
Myths about HIV / AIDS, negative beliefs and discrimination in the health care system affect the physical and mental health of gay men, bisexuals and other members of the LGBTQ + community. Stigma affects whether a person seeks and can obtain health services, and the quality of the services they can receive.
HIV / AIDS rates are higher in the LGBTQ + community than in the heterosexual community and are highest among blacks. There are many reasons why these health disparities exist, but high-risk sexual practices and drug use are often the only ones that are discussed. Despite clear evidence that indicates that differences in the living conditions of homosexuals and heterosexuals are the main contributors to disparities in sexual health, and the beneficial effects of structural interventions, limited efforts have been made to target these social inequalities. .
Current interventions focus only on modifying individual high-risk sexual behaviors, although there has been more widespread use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PreP), a drug that people at risk for HIV take to avoid get HIV through sex or injecting drugs.
Homophobia, especially in the black community, is also a major obstacle to a progressive health movement that aims to provide positive care to LGBTQ +, transgender and gender nonconforming people.
One way to stop stigma and misinformation from spreading like wildfire is to use times like these to address the real issues, homophobia and misinformation in the black community. Educating rappers like DaBaby and those who agree with his hurtful comments is a step we need to take. Changing hearts and minds may seem trite and idealistic, but this hard work is at the heart of public health. If he’s sincere in his apologies, there might be a chance to rewrite this chapter – from adversary to advocate for the LGBTQ + community – and if we’re lucky, he might use his influence and influence. bullish mentality to change young and impressionable minds. the path.
Dr. Shamard charles is Assistant Professor of Public Health and Health Promotion at St. Francis College and sits on the Dot Dash / VeryWell Health Anti-Bias Review Board. He is also the host of the health podcast, Heart Over Hype. He received his MD from Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University and his Masters in Public Health from TH Chan School of Public Health at Harvard. Previously, he spent three years as a senior health reporter for NBC News and was a Global Press Fellow for the United Nations Foundation. You can follow him on Instagram @askdrcharles or Twitter @DrCharles_NBC.
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