NICK Cannon insisted that DaBaby should NOT be canceled for his homophobic rant & said that the disgraced rapper is a "fighter."
The Wild 'N Out host addressed DaBaby's comments at the Rolling Loud concert last month during an appearance on radio station 101.5's The Breakfast Club.
Nick, 40, defended the rapper saying: “First of all, I think not only in the black community — and I’ve experienced it — but definitely just men a lot of times, we have that ego. We believe apologizing is weakness when it actually takes great strength to step up to anyone and say, ‘I was wrong.'"
The All That alum previously came under fire for making anti-Semitic comments on his podcast in August 2020 causing ViacomCBS to give him the axe.
Nick rallied behind the Masterpiece singer saying he can learn and grow from the experience.
“I know Baby. And that’s a strong brother… That man just lost his pops, his brother, all the things that he [has been through] and still to have that big smile that he has every day, knowing everything that he comes [from]? I grew up in Charlotte [for] part of my life — I know that life.
"He a fighter. We’ve seen his back against the wall. He’s swinging. He’s swinging just so he could get out. We all have to accept emotion,” Nick added.
The former Nickelodeon star continued: “I challenge all these people who actually want to cancel somebody, and even specifically in DaBaby’s situation, let’s use this as an opportunity for education. Because that’s what happened in my scenario to where I still stuck true to the truths.
"[My minister] told me that I don’t ever want falsehood to come out of my mouth, so if I’m saying something that is not correct about your community, show me where I’m incorrect. Correct me.
“If I’m saying these things about the LGBTQIA community, show me where I’m wrong. Not only is that going to help me, but you’re going to help so many other people who think like me. There are so many DaBabys out there.
“This is a moment where we should all gather around DaBaby and embrace him because if we can do that, watch how many mentalities will change in the hip-hop community.”
DaBaby's controversial rant
During his set at the Miami, Florida festival, DaBaby said: “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.
"Ladies, if your p***y smell like water, put a cellphone light them up. Fellas, if you ain’t sucking d**k in the parking lot put your cellphone light up. Keep it real."
The rapper has since been dragged for spreading misinformation about HIV and AIDS, alongside stigmatizing the illness.
Many fans and celebrities have taken to social media to voice their concerns with DaBaby's comments.
Dua Lipa – who worked with Dababy on her 2020 ‘Levitating’ remix – said in a post to her Instagram Story: “I really don’t recognize this as the person I worked with.
Demi Lovato, Elton John, Chris Brown, and Lil Nas X have all also chimed in.
As a result of the comments, DaBaby was also dropped from his performances at Lollapalooza and the 2021 Governors Ball.
He was also dropped from a benefit concert for the Working Families Party that he was supposed to headline along with Saweetie and Wyclef Jean.
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