We need more men to be like Drake and call out abuse when they see it
This year has brought forth some major action against sexual assault and how we approach it — in Hollywood, in politics, in everyday life, and even at concerts. Many artists have stopped their concerts after either seeing or being made aware of sexual harassment and assault unfolding right in the audience. Rapper Drake is the latest to take action and halt his own concert to call out a creep in the crowd.
Drake was in the middle of performing during an afterparty event on tour in Australia last night, when he apparently took notice of a man in the audience who wouldn’t stop groping women. So he used his platform to call it out and put a stop to it.
Instagram user Louise Sukari was in attendance and captured Drake’s response on video.
I got this close to Drake threatening to jump into the crowd, to start a fight with a guy groping a woman in the audience. Violence against women, 6 God says no.🦉🦉🦉🦉🦉🦉🦉🦉 #heropapi #protecterofthepeople #views #hewasabouttorunthroughthe6withhiswoes @champagnepapi – For licensing and usage, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
“I got this close to Drake threatening to jump into the crowd to start a fight with a guy groping a woman in the audience,” Sukari wrote in her caption. “Violence against women, 6 God says no.”
In the video, you can see Drake growing agitated as he yells, “You can stop that shit” to cut off his music. He then points directly at the guy he saw harassing women and gives him the sternest, scariest finger-point ever: “If you don’t stop touching girls, I’m gonna come out there and fuck you up.”
MIC. DROP. Immediately afterward, you can hear the audience roar in approval — because concerts should be fun, safe spaces for everyone to relax and enjoy their favorite artist.
He continued to rail against the jerk in the audience, though it’s hard to hear exactly what he’s saying. But it doesn’t matter. Drake proves not all heroes wear capes.
Women shouldn’t have to worry about being groped and harassed everywhere they go, but alas, here we are. We always have to be on guard. At least Drake proved he’s not the kind of guy to turn his cheek and pretend he didn’t see it — he spoke up and addressed the abuser directly. If only more men were willing to do that.