Last week, in unison with his Rihanna assisted clip ‘Take Care‘, Drake released the clip for his latest release ‘HYFR’ featuring long time friend Lil Wayne.
Documenting what he called his re-commitment to Judaism, this week saw the video come under fire, labelled blasphemous by our friends over at MTV Buzzworthy.
In an open letter to the Rapper, Buzzworthy explain:
As anyone who’s gone so far as to recommit themselves to Judaism surely knows, the Torah is one of the most holy and sacred objects in the Jewish faith. That’s why it gets its own special little home in every sanctuary, why we stand up and pray before and after we’ve read from the Torah, and why the Torah gets its own holiday.
You get it because you know. A cake in the shape of a Torah is slightly tacky, but slamming down down a Torah cake? Undeniably poor taste.
Getting wrecked in the sanctuary? Come on, man.
Granted a Bar Mitzvah is a TON of hard work (you know because you’ve had two of them), and as far as I’m concerned, it’s appropriate to celebrate the tireless amount of work that goes into it. (And don’t get me wrong — I LOVED a good game of Coke & Pepsi.) But a Bar Mitzvah is not a red cup event.
And having Lil Wayne wear a mask and rap about roofie-ing a girl at a Bar Mitzvah? Not really okay. (Also, side note, I know Weezy could’ve popped for a suit.)
In my eyes, you took one of Judaism’s most sacred objects events and made them totally profane. (And unfortunately, there are enough people out there willing to desecrate our religious objects and places of worship — we don’t really need to do that ourselves.)
That alone was really disappointing, but so was the fact I had high hopes that you’d be the guy who’d make a music video that made being Jewish feel legitimately cool. But instead you just trashed a temple, a (cake) Torah, and a very sacred rite of passage.
To be fair, we’re sure offending anyone was the last thing on Drake’s agenda. However, not everyone takes religion as light-heartedly as he may which is why the above isn’t much of a surprise.
But what do you think?