50 Cent's Comments About DaBaby Are Raising Eyebrows. Here's Why

Things haven't been smooth sailing for DaBaby since he made brazen homophobic remarks at the Rolling Loud Miami festival. During his set, the Grammy-nominated artist took a moment to make comments about the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as those affected by HIV/AIDS. The following day, the rapper took to Twitter to issue a questionable apology to those he offended. "Anybody who done ever been effected [sic] 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," he tweeted. "But the LGBT community... I ain't trippin on y'all, do you. Y'all business is y'all business."

DaBaby's attempt to alleviate controversy didn't work out in his favor; instead, the rapper was given DaBoot from several festival lineups, including Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, Midtown Music Festival and Day N Vegas (via Newsweek). Additionally, he received backlash from several organizations and celebrities, including Elton John and Madonna. A week later, DaBaby shared a formal apology on his Instagram account — which he later deleted. The outrage hasn't left him just yet, but the "ROCKSTAR" crooner has a couple of celebs standing in solidarity with him. In late July, rapper T.I. claimed that people were 'bullying' DaBaby for sharing his opinion (via Billboard). Joining the list of celebs with commentary about DaBaby's debacle is none other than 50 Cent, who is no stranger to controversy himself.

50 Cent believes DaBaby will recover from the Rolling Loud controversy

50 Cent is sticking beside his mentee DaBaby as he faces the effects of cancel culture. During an appearance on E! News' "Nightly Pop," the "Power" exec says he believes DaBaby will bounce back from the Rolling Loud drama. "There's nobody that tells you, 'Now, you're held to these standards' that are mainstream standards that you can't say things and you can't do these different things,'" Fif explained. "He didn't have a publicist involved and this is why the response took so long. Even his apology, the first apology attempt at it, was what made it worse.

He also made it a point to acknowledge how early DaBaby is in his career and the lack of media training and professional development he has. Still, he believes there's hope and room for improvement, making it likely that he can recover from his mistakes. As he noted, "As long as he keeps the consistency with the music. Remember they tried to cancel Chris Brown five or six times?" It's unclear whether or not DaBaby may make a recovery amid all the homophobic commentary, but there's one thing for certain: he has his supporters and celebrity peers who have his back through it all.

Another celebrity is defending DaBaby

As it turns out, 50 Cent isn't the only celebrity to get behind DaBaby. On August 9, Nick Cannon spoke up in defense of the disgraced rapper. While Cannon didn't defend the homophobic remarks, he did suggest that DaBaby didn't deserve to be canceled.

"First of all, I think, not only in the Black community and I've experienced it, but definitely men a lot of times, we have that ego," Cannon explained during an appearance on the "Breakfast Club" (via XXL). "Man, we believe apologizing is weakness when it actually takes great strength to step up to anyone and say, 'I was wrong.' And a lot of times we think apologizing is like, 'Oh, I'm sorry you feel bad.' You have to step up and say, 'I didn't handle that in a way... I'm not perfect.' And that shows strength."

"I know [Da]Baby and that's a strong brother," Cannon added. He went on to explain that because DaBaby has suffered his fair share of trauma in his life, Cannon feels that rather than be punished for his ignorance, he should be educated. "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," Cannon said. "Was he wrong, though? Yeah, he was. But there are certain things about it that we've been trained to think that. Let's unpack that. Let's figure this out."

Fans are not holding their breath

As you can probably imagine, fans who originally called for DaBaby to be canceled were less than pleased with the rappers speaking out in his defense. "Dababy is not talented enough to 'bounce back,'" tweeted a fan in response to Fif's comments. "There's a reason why the peak of his career was being shaped like a PT Cruiser"

Others had harsher takes. "It's crazy how many grown men running to defend DaBaby. Bruh almost 30 he's old enough to know when he's spewing insidious vile uneducated s**t," one especially angry fan wrote. "50 Cent Boosie TI need to let that man take his heat for being stupid & stop trying to cape for him. They look stupid asf."

Finally, there were those who were just as annoyed at Cannon for speaking up as 50 Cent. "The only reason I can see Nick Cannon defending DaBaby is that Nick Cannon likes to stick up for people like this even though what he or who he is defending said very disrespectful things and people are defending him because they don't believe what he said was that bad," tweeted one disappointed fan.