Noting that she has dedicated most of her life to “encouraging love, acceptance, and open mindedness,” the 28-year-old wrote, “The internet can fuel a lot of hate & anger and is the nucleus of cancel culture.” She continued, “But I believe it can also be a place filled with education, conversation, communication & connection.”
Cyrus continued to assert that there is a lack of empathy in the internet’s determination to hold its platformed celebs accountable. She added: “It’s easier to cancel someone than to find forgiveness and compassion in ourselves or take the time to chance hearts and minds. There’s no more room for division if we want to keep seeing progress! Knowledge is power! I know I still have so much to learn!”
Extending her personal knowledge and resources, Cyrus wrote in the caption of her personal message to the Rockstar rapper, “@DaBaby check your DMS – would love to talk and see how we can learn from each other and help be part of making a more just and understanding future!”
Cyrus’ stroke of compassion comes after DaBaby has been faced with a slew of festival cancellations and the industry’s top musicians taking public stances against his behavior. During his Rolling Loud performance, the rapper told the Miami crowd, “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 cellphone lighter up.” He followed up his insensitive remarks with crude comments regarding female vaginal health and oral sex between men.
The controversy regarding the 29-year-old revolves around the misinformation, stigma and homophobia deeply-seeded in his sentiments. While socially exiling those who are living with HIV/AIDS, the comments also push the false notion that the ultimate prognosis for those living with HIV/AIDS is death. His startling statements also echo the long-standing beliefs that HIV/AIDS and other sexually-transmitted diseases only occur via sexual promiscuity.
Initially, the rapper remained obstinate against apologizing for his comments, rallying support from hip hop veterans T.I. and Boosie. After multiple festivals removed him from the line-up, DaBaby later seemed to recant his former stance with a lengthy public apology.
“I want to apologize to the LGBTQ+ community for the hurtful and triggering comments I Made,” the rapper wrote. “Again, I apologize for my misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS and I know education on this is important. Love to all. God bless.