Miley Cyrus thinks everyone’s coming at DaBaby like a wrecking ball and she’s not happy about it. The singer is using social media to let everyone know canceling the rapper isn’t the way to go.
Miley Cyrus’ words come amid a backlash against comments made by DaBaby. Two weeks ago, on the final day of Miami’s Rolling Loud Festival, DaBaby’s set made the loudest noise but not because of the volume or the quality. As reported by Slate and many others, the rapper asked people in the crowd to lift up their phones as long as they didn’t have HIV or AIDS, as well as making other homophobic comments.
The response is not only hurting DaBaby’s public image but hacking away at his bottom line. Entertainment Weekly released a list of eight festivals who cut the rapper from their lineups in response to the controversy, including Lollapalooza, the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, and Austin City Limits. At the same time, DaBaby lost his brand ambassador deal with BooHoo Man, and Audacy Radio — the second-largest radio chain in the country — told Billboard they were pulling Dua Lipa’s “Levitating” remix from their stations because it features the rapper. Lipa herself has joined the chorus of celebrities to condemn DaBaby including Elton John, Jonathan Van Ness, Madonna, but not Miley Cyrus.
Posting to Instagram on Thursday, Miley Cyrus is advocating a much different approach to DaBaby. Cyrus starts off writing that as a “member of the LGBTQIA+ community,” that much of her life has been about “encouraging love, acceptance, and open-mindedness.” She goes on to call the Internet “the nucleus of cancel culture” and says “it’s easier to cancel someone” than to forgive and to educate. She tagged DaBaby in the caption, urging him to check his DMs, and continued that she would “love to talk to see” how the two could learn from each other.
So far there’s been no word about a response from DaBaby to Miley Cyrus’ offer to talk. Three days after the offending rant, he offered what EW called a “pseudo-apology” The video is for DaBaby’s song “Giving What It’s Supposed to Give,” which includes long Instagram and rainbow letters displaying a message in which the rapper expresses “apologies for being me.”
The rapper offered a second apology on Instagram this past Monday (via NME). He acknowledged that his comments were “misinformed” and “triggering.” The rapper also called out social media and the same cancel culture Miley Cyrus later referred to when he wrote that “people want to demolish you before you even have the opportunity to grow, educate, and learn from your mistakes.” He went on to thank unnamed people who had reached out to him to offer “wisdom, education, and resources.” This was three days before Cyrus’ post, however, so it seems likely the singer wasn’t included in that.
This isn’t the first time DaBaby has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Last March the rapper was in hot water, though this time Miley Cyrus didn’t get involved. As reported by TMZ, DaBaby was recorded brutally slapping a woman. The rapper later apologized, saying that the woman had a phone in his face with the flash on, and so he couldn’t tell she was a woman.