Rihanna made headlines this week that she revealed that she and the superstar rapper Drake are no longer on speaking terms.
One reason why? Her feeling that he hijacked a moment designed to honour her contributions to Pop culture by professing his admiration for her beauty.
Today, members of the digital community have taken to Twitter to reveal that they feel that Drake’s supposed “thirstiness” wouldn’t be as palatable to the masses if he was a full African-American male.
An interesting conversation, partially fuelled by Wale‘s remarks on how he feel colorsim affects him, below…
One day I wanna discuss how Drake shoots his shot at every poppin female celebrity he has ever had a crush on and it doesn’t come across as creepy because of his persona and colorism.
Not today tho https://t.co/MOjRI6lNqn
— Tony. (@SoLyrical) May 4, 2018
#LRT it’s both/and… Wale is both corny AND being effected by colorism. Drake is also corny BUT he can be corny in peace tho (and make a lot of money doing it) cos he’s light skin in the “post racial era” pic.twitter.com/uHTsmq0pWH
— Cher Cropper (@ClevaSoldier) May 4, 2018
Whether you wanna admit it or not: Colorism matters. Y’all wouldn’t have taken to Drake so well if he wasn’t your favorite “kinda black but not really but always in his feelings” light bright.🤷🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/hv6CHgU2XI
— Fight me then (@ProfessorJLove) May 4, 2018
I need y’all to stop pretending colorism does not exist . Yes don’t get me wrong it is not set in stone but it does count for something and effects many people on many levels I don’t think a Drake would be as successful if he were dark skin smh y’all buggin
— IG: Black Barbie Sosa 🍫 (@LeyleMarie) May 4, 2018
I really want to discuss men and colorism and how darkskinned Chris brown would have BEEN cancelled .
— Lablonde James (@_soulfulsiren) May 4, 2018
colorism is definitely a real thing but I really don't think it's the reason wale isn't as successful as artists like Cole, Drake and Kendrick.
— Smoot (@Suntrust_Smoot) May 4, 2018
I agree. Lyrically Wale kills Drake but Drake is flourishing because he benefits from light skin privilege. It's the mental sickness that Willie Lynch introduced to Americans hundreds of years ago. Colorism is real and many dark skin artists' careers suffer because of that. https://t.co/p6xclL7eIH
— Mama Nibiru (@MamaMortem888) May 3, 2018
Do you agree?