Update: Drake, the rapper in his Instagram message has slammed reports he made anti-Muslim comments.
The popular rapper Drake is being accused of being anti-Muslim after some fans at a concert claim he told some Muslim women to take off their traditional hijabs. However, others are coming to his defense, saying that they thought the woman he asked to take off her “scarf” wasn’t Muslim at all.
Drake asks fan to remove her “scarf”
It’s very common for Drake to call out fans at his concerts, but some comments he made at a show in Europe are being called into question.
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According to Hollywood Life, he addressed a group of women saying, “I see you four girls right there, I hope you’re having a good time. “You got that hot a** scarf right there, you might want to take this off. You don’t need to come out with that s***.”
The website posted a video of him making the comment while onstage at the concert in London, but the video was taken from so far away that it’s impossible to see the woman he was addressing. As a result, it’s impossible to tell if he was indeed speaking to a Muslim woman, but if so, it was extremely offensive to ask her to take off her hijab.
Social media users explode at Drake
Social media erupted in fury as the video and story made their way through social media. Many people are accusing him of being racist. Angry fans are now calling for people to boycott his music and concerts. Others, however, say that the women he addressed about the scarves had neck scarves on and not hijabs. Drake has yet to comment on the matter, and the women he addressed have not come forward to say one way or the other.
Controversy over the public’s view of Muslims has been whipped into a frenzy by U.S. President Donald Trump’s attempt to keep travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. His executive order is widely being referred to as a “Muslim ban,” although he insists that it isn’t. The U.S. courts suspended that order, so travelers from those countries are still being allowed in.
Many are concerned that hate crimes against Muslims will be escalated because of Trump’s attempted ban of immigrants from some countries. A Muslim woman was attacked at JFK Airport just last month, and there are concerns that more such attacks will take place.