Drake's a good dude
Drake almost put paws on a creep who was being inappropriate at a nightclub in Sydney. The rapper was performing his hit song “Know Yourself” and stopped mid-bar to tell the dude to knock it off.
“Yo, stop that s**t,” Drake yelled from the stage while pointing at the offender. “If you don’t stop touching girls, I’m gonna come out there and f**k you up.”
The move was met with adoring screams in the venue and widely praised across the internet as the sort of action that men need to take to prevent any abuses of women that they witness.
In the wake of a massive wave of sexual assault revelations throughout Hollywood, there have been renewed calls for men to both examine the ways that they act around women and speak out when they see others doing things that are out of line. In any climate, Drake’s action was the right thing to do. But in this particular one it went viral, with plenty of people of social media spreading the clip of Drake defending his fans from unwanted advances.
The chivalrous move comes as even the upper echelons of hip-hop are being shaken by accusations that powerful men did heinous things. While young rappers like XXXtentacion and Kodak Black are reviving the art/artist divide debate while they stand accused of sickening crimes, even top brass like Russell Simmons are dealing with charges that they have touched women inappropriately.
A recently unearthed claim of sexual assault by the label head spread around the internet earlier this week following the fall of director Brett Ratner. A woman claimed that Simmons and Ratner held her against her will and assaulted her at Ratner’s home.
Simmons responded to the accusation, noting the shift in the discussion around powerful men in entertainment but adding that the claims against him are untrue. He said in his statement:
“This is an important and critical time for the empowerment of women and men who have been harassed. I have been a public figure for all of my adult life. And when you are in that arena over decades, you can find yourself in a position where you are vulnerable and susceptible to claims that are untrue.”
Ratner’s attorney gave a less-than-flattering (and victim blaming) version of events to Variety backing Russell’s protestations that the claims are false.
“It wasn’t rape or anything. It was sexual battery,” Harold Braun told the trade magazine.. “This is not her first rodeo… I don’t think there’s anything here. This is a girl that had such a checkered history.”
“We know her. She came to our house. Nothing happened,” he added. “She’s making up a story.”
No charges were ever filed in the initial incident, which occurred all the way back in 2001, because the District Attorney believed there wasn’t enough evidence to bring charges.
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Back in Drake’s more positive world, the rapper is reviving the beloved British series Top Boy, almost entirely because he’s a huge fan.
“That human element drew me in,” the Views rapper said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I started just looking them up. Like, who are these people? Are these actors I should know? Are they just famous over there? I remember I hit Future, and I was just like, ‘This show is incredible.’”
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