T.I. Says People Are ‘Bullying’ DaBaby After Homophobic Comments: ‘That’s Not Equality’

T.I. is speaking out again following DaBaby's hurtful comments at Rolling Loud Miami over the weekend.

T.I. Says People Are ‘Bullying’ DaBaby After Homophobic Comments: ‘That’s Not Equality’

T.I. is speaking out again following DaBaby’s hurtful comments at Rolling Loud Miami over the weekend.

“Everyone [is] up in arms and upset about what DaBaby said,” T.I. said in an Instagram Live video that was later posted to YouTube. “I understand people saying that they feel that it’s insensitive. I think you guys have to understand that onstage, that’s not the place that rappers go to be sensitive and soothe everybody’s feelings. It’s a place to go to have a good time.”

He went on, “Why do words cause such a visceral reaction that will lead to someone trying to attack, villainize, demonize, crucify [and] condemn? That sh– is like, now you bullying. We all stood up on behalf of gays and lesbians and people in the gay community because we thought it was some bullsh– for y’all to have to be bullied. … But I don’t think any of us did that to feel like you would now have the authority to come and bully us.”

He later added, “You don’t get to condemn people just because they think differently than you. That’s not equality. That’s not justice and that’s not hip-hop, just being honest.”

Speaking further on hip-hop culture, T.I. said, “There have been enormous considerations within the culture, within the community of hip-hop. Enormous considerations, man, for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters because we feel they are also one of us. You dig? But we don’t feel that same way in return.”

“It took you a while to accept the difference in yourself to where you could share it with the world,” T.I. added. “So if it took you that time to accept yourself, how long do you think it will take us to accept you? You gotta give us some time too.”

T.I.’s comments come after DaBaby was heard onstage during his Sunday performance at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., saying, “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! Ladies, if your p—y smell like water, put your cellphone lighter up! Fellas, if you ain’t sucking d— in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up.”

On Monday, after several social media users criticized the footage, DaBaby posted a 19-segment Instagram Story saying that individuals who did not pay to attend the event should not say anything regarding his comments. He claimed that he made a “call to action” and that “all the lights went on” after he told fans to display their cellphone lights, because even his “gay fans don’t got f—ing AIDS, stupid a– n—as. They don’t got AIDS. My gay fans, they take care of themselves. They ain’t no nasty gay n—as. See what I’m saying? They ain’t no junkies in the street. The hell you talking about, n—as? Then I said if you ain’t sucking di– in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up. You know what my gay fans did? Put that motherf—ing light up, n—a, ’cause my gay fans ain’t going for that. They got class. They ain’t sucking no di– in no parking lot. N—a, you gotta get a room. A good one, five-star hotel. Even my gay fans got standards.”

The following day, DaBaby tweeted, “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.”

GLAAD has since issued a statement addressing the controversy. “The rhetoric that DaBaby used is inaccurate, hurtful, and harmful to the LGBTQ community and the estimated 1.2 million Americans living with HIV,” DaShawn Usher, GLAAD’s associate director of communities of color said in a statement on Wednesday (July 28).  “It is critical that DaBaby and his fans learn that people living with HIV today, when on effective treatment, lead long and healthy lives and cannot transmit HIV.”

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VNUE to Acquire StageIt to Expand Set.fm Offerings

VNUE, a small technology company traded on the OTC markets, is acquiring livestreaming platform StageIt, it was announced July 29.

VNUE to Acquire StageIt to Expand Set.fm Offerings

VNUE, a small technology company traded on the OTC markets, is acquiring livestreaming platform StageIt, it was announced Thursday (July 29).

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and it’s not clear how VNUE is going to finance the acquisition. A recent prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows that VNUE only had $57,000 on its balance sheet at the end of March, but it also noted CEO Zach Bair has lined up a number of purchase agreements worth as much as $9 million for institutional investors to buy up shares of VNUE traded on the OTC market, often referred to as the pink sheets.

VNUE is considered a penny stock, due to its value being below $5 per share. As of Thursday VNUE shares were trading for $.0126 apiece.

According to a press release announcing the acquisition, StageIt will add over $9 million in revenue to VNUE’s books, which per the SEC only generated $22,404 in 2020 and $2,261 in the first quarter of 2021, likely because of the halt to touring during the pandemic.

VNUE describes itself as a “music technology company that utilizes our platforms to record live concerts, and then sell that content to consumers.” VNUE makes the content it records available for $15-$25 average payment after a live show is finished through its two platforms Set.fm and Soundstr. The Set.fm consumer app platform allows customers to download and purchase audio of live performances on their phone. There are also physical collectible products which are recorded and sold at shows and online through DiscLive Network.  Soundstr is a music identification and rights management tool in development that, when fully deployed, “can accurately track and audit public performances of music, creating a more transparent ecosystem for general music licensing and associated royalty payments, which will help ensure the correct stakeholders are compensated through the use of our ‘big data’ collection,” according to a VNUE filing with the SEC. The StageIT product The deal will also enhance VNUE’s music recognition platform Soundstr.

Acquiring StageIt “brings hundreds of thousands of live music fans and complementary technology to VNUE’s portfolio in addition to delivering key pioneering talent in the Music Recognition Technology (MRT) space to VNUE’s roster,” the press release states. Bair did not respond to a request for comment.

The companies expect to close within 60 days pending the completion of due diligence and a required financial audit.

StageIt was launched by musician Evan Lowenstein in 2010 with CEO Stephen White (formerly president of Gracenote and CEO of Dubset Media Holding) joining in 2020. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the platform’s popularity grew with shows from Ramsey Lewis, American Idol star David Archuleta, rock icon Joan Jett, international stars Celtic Thunder, fan favorites Devin Townsend and Rhett Miller and more.

“The StageIt service is complimentary with VNUE’s set.fm ‘instant live’ mobile and web platform, and the company will add a feature that not only allows fans to enjoy a livestream but purchase the audio of the performance immediately afterwards and relive the experience over and over,” a press release announcing the deal explains. “StageIt hosted 6,280 shows in 2020 and paid out over $7M to artists, generating more than $9.2M in gross revenues. The platform has over 58,000 performers and over 900,000 users from 135 countries. The company launched a venue program in 2020 and has a significant set of venue partnerships that include historic venues such as The Bluebird Cafe in Franklin TN, d.b.a. in New Orleans, LA, The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA, and many others.”

With the acquisition, StageIt will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of VNUE.

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