As DaBaby tries to make a comeback, his upcoming concert in New Orleans has been canceled amid a lack of interest.
The concert was scheduled for Friday, Sept. 2 at the Smoothie King Center, but the controversial rapper will no longer take the stage after the event was scrapped amid low ticket sales, NOLA.com reported Tuesday.
“We’re working on a future date and possibly additional performers,” promoter Greg Pulver told the publication. Pulver added that DaBaby would “most likely” be booked to perform at the rescheduled event.
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Before Ticketmaster shut down its online seating chart for the concert on Tuesday, “fewer than 500” tickets appeared to have been sold for the event, even though the arena has a capacity of more than 14,000.
DaBaby has faced intense criticism since July 2021 following a homophobic rant on stage at the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami.
The “Rockstar” rapper asked the audience to shine their cellphone lights if they “didn’t show up today with HIV/AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that will make you die in two to three weeks.” He also made crude comments about women and gay men, as seen in videos posted online by festival attendees.
In the weeks that followed, menswear company BoohooMan ended a collaboration with the rapper saying it did not “tolerate any hate speech or discrimination in any form.”
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He was also dropped from Chicago’s Lollapalooza music festival in August 2021.
As the controversy swirled, DaBaby issued an apology on Twitter, writing: “Anybody who done ever been effected by AIDS/HIV y’all got the right to be upset, what I said was insensitive even though I have no intentions on offending anybody. So my apologies, but the LGBT community… I ain’t trippin on y’all, do you. y’all business is y’all business.”