A clip from a recent interview with Drake has gone viral on social media with many expressing their anger and frustration with the way he addressed his work with Chris Brown.
The clip, revealed by Complex on Wednesday, showed Drake contradicting himself with his comments on “respecting” Rihanna but also going on to working with her abuser.
Drake on Rihanna and linking up with Chris Brown:— Complex Music (@ComplexMusic) December 25, 2019
"That person that was kind of in the middle of us is no longer a part of either of our lives…I have the utmost love and respect for her."
[via @ElliottWilson's #RapRadarPodcast] pic.twitter.com/clJa8EqIeF
“Like that person that was kind of in the middle of us is like no longer a part of either of our lives currently,” he says at the beginning of the clip, shared in a Twitter thread by Complex with snippets from the whole interview. “And I have the utmost love and respect for her. I think of her as family more than anything and I felt… I actually had like kind of a moment of hesitation before because I didn’t want her to ever feel disrespected by me linking up with him.”
He goes on to say that he was happy to have put this “childish” issue behind him—it’s not clear if the issue is Brown’s violent abuse of Rihanna, or Drake’s own relationship with her, or both, but given the weight of all those situations, it was frustrating for many to watch him reduce it to “childish shit.”
“But I also know how many nights she knows that me and him have both been consumed by this issue,” he goes on to say, “and I think she is a good person with a good heart that would rather see us put that issue to bed than… continue like childish shit that could end up in a serious situation so I decided to go ahead with it.”
People are angry he would reduce it to something so light.
He's so comfortable with excusing Chris Brown's behaviour as "childish shit" and gaslighting Rihanna into accepting her abuser by saying "She's got a loving heart, she would want to let it go"— Siya || A Natural Popeye (@MrZwaneThe5th) December 26, 2019
People are furious, for, fundamentally, his comments about respecting and loving Rihanna but still working with her abuser.
Drake says he didn't know if Rihanna would be happy if he got cool with Chris Brown again but believed she would be supportive.— King Wow (@wowthatshiphop) December 26, 2019
Watched this Drake interview because I'm bored and it's clear these dudes in the industry are childish and immature as fuck. Drake really trying to blame Rihanna and Nicki Minaj for his fall outs with Meek and Chris Brown….nah you the common denominator nigga lol maybe… pic.twitter.com/egGNKJztcu— #SeeYouSoon (@danisbabysitter) December 26, 2019
if u have respect for someone then u wouldn’t be friends with their abuser but hey what do i know https://t.co/FhDAANMYYD— im buggin (@tennisshelbow) December 26, 2019
There are also other issues with his statement. Claiming Rihanna is a “good person” who would want them to bury these issues adds to the sexist perception that it’s a natural course of action for a woman to forgive her abuser, and equates having a “good heart” with someone who can put something like this behind. But the year is 2019, and we’re not here for that trope any longer.
Many are speculating that Drake just can’t get over his romance with Rihanna.
basically drake saw rihanna in a new realtionship and was like nah i was never ur friend let me call up chris brown that is sick and twisted— Christopher nolan a negro (@dyingsince97) December 26, 2019
Drake: I just love you so much, Rihanna. Please love me back, I’m begging you, I am baring my soul in a “serious” moment front of millions of ppl on this show rn— (Like The Planet) Mars (@MarsinCharge) December 26, 2019
Because, frankly, it looks like he is just obsessed with her.
Also, Rihanna is just so much bigger than either of them.
Many took it as a reminder that Drake has been at the heart of controversies this year surrounding his relationships with young, female celebrities like Billie Eilish and Millie Bobby Brown, which have been accused of exhibiting grooming behavior.
New Drake is horrible, and since he's trending a quick REMINDER he:— J c K (@jckprry) December 24, 2019
– Grooms young girls.
– Kissed a minor on stage.
– After finding out she was a minor, kissed her again and touched her breasts.
– Claims to love Rihanna yet pals around with her abuser Chris Brown.
We need to get over Rihanna and talk about the active restraining order Karrueche has against him and the multiple arrests that he has for violence against women in many multiple countries. Drake talk mad game about respecting women and that is not respect— kaileigh. (@kirradoll) December 26, 2019
🤮🤮 then add in the teen grooming…… is this your king? https://t.co/jl5M5bZIot— jess (@girlofurmemes) December 26, 2019