Drake has finally spoken up after claims that the he asked a female fan attending his O2 concert to remove her hijab.
From the video which made rounds on social media, the rapper is heard telling a female audience: “You got on that hot ass scarf right there, you might wanna take this off. You gotta turn this muthafucka up…you gotta come out of that shit,” he said.
Many people believed that the female was a Muslim wearing a hijab, and this earned the rapper intense ire of fans on social media.
But Drake denies he was speaking to a Muslim; and the since-deleted video didn’t show who the rapper was speaking to.
According to the Canadian rapper, he was addressing a female who came to his show wearing a jacket and a scarf and not an Islamic outfit.
“I made a comment about taking off the scarf because I really enjoy a friendly banter with the fans,” Drake wrote on his Instagram page. “I am well aware of what a hijab is and I would never make a disrespectful comment like that in my life towards someone who is wearing one.”
Read his note:
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I make a point every night to end my shows on tones of unity and love so, to find out that I am being utilized in a fake media story about me disrespecting Muslims is devastating to me. At my show in the 02 in London I was talking to 4 women one of whom was wearing a jacket and a winter scarf, I made a comment about taking off the scarf because I enjoy friendly banter with the fans. I am well aware of what a hijab is and I would never make a disrespectful comment like that in my life towards someone who is wearing one. I am proud that my closest friends and fans come from all different religions and races, perhaps whoever made up this story should spend more time learning about other cultures and less time trying to divide us.