On Nov. 19, DaBaby Tried To Backtrack Off Disgusting Homophobic Remarks After Sponsors Start Dropping Troubled Rapper, Issues Another ‘Apology’ As Backlash Continues
Photo by Travis Carothers A post shared by DaBaby (@daabook) on Oct 26, 2015 at 9:09pm PDT
On Thursday, Instagram announced it would no longer be featuring DaBaby and other transgender artists – but the Southern California rapper has had enough.
The twenty-year-old has now issued a six-part series of remarks on Instagram videos, contradicting himself multiple times.
Starting with a gaffe in which he tried to backtrack from comments he made earlier this week about transgender women when he responded to a post asking people not to boycott his music.
“I apologize if I offended anyone, but I don’t feel like anyone has come to a conclusion that I’m not a transvestite,” DaBaby explained in the Instagram video.
According to the rapper, “something was missing” from his original comments, and that his original tweet didn’t articulate his beliefs.
“Everything comes with context and I think now that I’ve seen the tweets … I think I can say that I was never trying to lie or lie to anyone,” DaBaby said.
The rapper goes on to say that it’s “not an issue” if people believe his tweets were “false or mistaken,” but that “the way it’s coming off, I feel like it’s being misconstrued to be hurtful to people.”
In another video, DaBaby (full name Travis Alexander) appealed directly to his fans, hoping they would help him prove that he is NOT transphobic and transgender.
He says he has been telling himself that he “was a boy my whole life” ever since he was 8-years-old, “which is really when I started reading ‘The Transperience’ so I’ve been on the theory about that the whole time.”
He finishes by saying, “the only place you’re ever going to hear that name is from me… I don’t plan on changing the name. I don’t plan on doing anything with that word anymore.”
DaBaby has also had to clarify his position on his game The Easy Life, which features trans models dressed in the “boyageleggers” genre.
In a video posted on Wednesday evening, DaBaby apparently attempted to defend his song, saying, “Some of my music shows my love for a whole transgender family and my love for women and all that that come along with the [performers].”
After receiving backlash, he posted another video to clarify his position, saying, “the way the music was made was to show love. I think it’s not the same as saying you’re trans. I think it’s being wrong but I also think it’s just being wrong, period.”
DaBaby – who performs under the stage name “DaBaby” — told TMZ.com on Thursday that he will release his new album, DaBaby Chapter 3, on Friday.