Social media has been awash with praise for Drake today, congratulating his actions at an afterparty for his Sydney tour gig – but no one, however, has pointed out what a hypocrite he is. Seriously, Australia – have you actually ever listened to his lyrics?
But before we get into that, let’s revisit the story for a little background. The rapper was happily reciting the chorus of his track Know Yourself, when he suddenly looks to the back of the crowd, becoming distracted. He asks the DJ to stop the music, and points out a man in the crowd.
“If you don’t stop touching girls, I will come out there and fuck you up,” he says to the guy. “If you don’t stop putting your hands on girls, I’m gonna come out there and fuck you up myself,” he repeats, to loud cheers from the crowd. Security descends on the man (um, PS, what were they doing about it before Drake called it out), and he is removed.
Understandably, the music industry erupted in praise. Feminists applauded his actions. Blogs and websites declared him the saviour of women’s rights – especially important at gigs, where harassment is particularly rife. But there was one thing everyone forgot… for an ally of women, his lyrics spend a significant amount of god damn time upholding the sexist hip hop diatribe.
You don’t have to look far to be offended.
Take the incredibly problematic Hotline Bling. It’s an entire song about a guy being jealous that a woman he used to date has ‘her own life now’. It has been called a ‘slutshaming anthem’, and that’s not far off the mark – cue whinging man lamenting the loss of control over his ‘good girl gone bad’.
Meanwhile, in the problematically named Good Girls Go Bad he spends an entire song boasting about how many women he’s slept with, whilst demeaning women for sleeping with too many men. It’s straight out of the hip hop lyrics playbook.
I’m not even the first person to write about this – by far. Here’s just the first five article results from Google when you search ‘Drake sexist lyrics’:
- Is Drake a Misoginist?
- 6 Drake Lyrics That Are Actually Super Sexist
- Sorry, But Drake’s Obsession With Good Girls Is Sexist
- Are Drake’s Lyrics Misogynistic?
- Don’t Let Drake’s Sensitivity Fool You, He’s Still A Misogynist
Sure, it’s a great thing that Drake called out that guy inappropriately harassing women in the crowd at his concert. But if he’s such a great dude you guys, why is he also rapping about how “I hate callin’ the women bitches, but the bitches love it”? He’s just a famous-guy version of the feminist fuccboi.
It’s time we stop giving guys over-the-top praise simply for being decent human beings. He SHOULD call out someone sexually harassing a woman in the crowd. So, too, should have every single person around that asshole.
The one thing Drake shouldn’t get away with, however, is perpetuating that very behaviour via his lyrics. Because chances are, that asshole is also “callin’ women bitches”.
You can’t be a part time feminist, Drake. So perhaps, instead of spending all that time collecting Birkins for your future wife, you should maybe create some songs that she won’t be embarrassed about singing along to?
Just a thought.