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DaBaby Outrage Underscores Double Standard

Jasmyne Cannick: A double standard is a rule or principle which is unfairly applied in different ways to different people or groups.
DaBaby Outrage

Trigger Warning: Offensive Language

Look how me and my lil’ bitch be dressin.
Ain’t fucking her right, you ain’t pullin’ her hair, yeah bitch-ass nigga.
Oh, you asking for pictures with niggas?

Those are the lyrics from songs that earned DaBaby multiple music award nominations. Lyrics that he was paid obscene amounts of money to perform all over the country and no one batted an eye–until he said something offensive to gay people.

Most people who knew of Charlotte rapper DaBaby were okay with him profiting off calling Black men and women niggas and bitches. But once he talked about sucking dicks in the parking lot and dying from AIDS in two to three weeks then, he had to be canceled.

Because of the continued stigmatization of HIV and AIDS among Blacks, HIV and AIDS are still being used as a weapon.

A double standard is a rule or principle which is unfairly applied in different ways to different people or groups.

The same week DaBaby said, “If you didn’t show up today with HIV/AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cell phone light in the air,” across the country in Los Angeles, former O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden was using AIDS to defend white Democratic donor Ed Buck who was accused of contributing to the deaths of two Black gay men.

Darden told a jury that it wasn’t the toxic to lethal range of methamphetamine found in 26-year-old Gemmel Moore. No. It was AIDS that killed him.

Somehow as a Black lesbian woman, I am supposed to be more outraged over DaBaby’s homophobic and anti-AIDS comments than I am about being called a bitch or a nigga. How does that work?

The only conclusion that I could draw was that nobody cares when a Black rapper is calling other Black people niggas and bitches. It pays and it pays well for so many people. But when that same Black rapper says something offensive about gays–which by definition happens to include white gay people–that’s when he must be canceled.

For the record, white people in general and specifically white gay people aren’t known for shutting down and canceling rappers who call Black men and women niggas or bitches. They have pretty much always been okay with that by way of their silence. 

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A double standard is a rule or principle which is unfairly applied in different ways to different people or groups.

I am Black, I am a woman, and I am a lesbian so this is in no way a defense of DaBaby. He was making ignorant statements long before his latest inflammatory comments. But I really do want to know how we’re choosing who to cancel and for what reason. This selective outrage is confusing and hypocritical.

Why can DaBaby’s concerts be canceled for his homophobic remarks and not for his misogynistic lyrics and use of the n-word? Is it because then 95 percent of today’s rappers would also have to be canceled? Because, let’s admit it, almost all of the successful rappers today got there using the words “bitch,” “ho.” and “nigga.”

Is it because the music industry and its connoisseurs have no problem with profiting off of the degradation of women–Black women in particular–and the use of the n-word? That would never happen with antisemitic lyrics. In fact, it doesn’t happen with any other type of hate speech.

Because Black people are okay with calling each other bitches, hoes, and niggas, and as long as we are–everyone else–including us is allowed to make a profit off of it. Unlike with other groups of people–be it the LGBTQ community, Jews, Asian Pacific Islanders, or any other race–we are the only people who are okay with self-degradation under the guise of replacing the letters “e” and “r” with an “a.” And as far as bitches and hoes go–we call ourselves that too.

In this politically correct #MeToo “woke” world that we live in, that just doesn’t seem like something that would be tolerated let alone accepted.

It’s easy to hop aboard the #CancelDaBaby train. All aboard. 

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I need the same energy that’s being used to punish DaBaby for his homophobic and anti-AIDS comments to be directed towards rappers like him who continue to call women bitches and hoes and use the n-word.

What’s not so easy and comfortable is having a critical and honest conversation about why we not only let slurs that demean Black women and Black people slide–but celebrate and defend them too.

Jasyme Cannick