“Drake is cancelled,” declares one Twitter user, and he’s not alone in that sentiment. This after a video of Drake with a 17-year-old fan was posted to Twitter late last week and has raised the Internet’s collective eyebrow. In the clip, which TMZ reports is from a show at Colorado’s Ogden Theatre in May 2010, Drake is seen on stage with a female fan. He smells her hair and appears to kiss her neck, then asks her age. When she responds with “17,” the crowd goes wild, and Drake says, “I can’t go to jail yet, man! Seventeen? How do you look like that? You thick. Look at all this.” He then continues, “Well, seventeen … I don’t know if I should feel guilty or not but I had fun. I liked the way your breasts feel against my chest.” He then kisses her hand, cheeks, forehead, lips.
TMZ notes that Drake was 23 when the video was shot, and the age of consent in Colorado is 17. But many outlets are seeing the timing as thorny, in that it was posted just after millions watched Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly, which focuses on that singer’s “decades of preying on young girls,” as the Daily Beast puts it. The outlet calls the Drake video “disturbing.” Vulture’s take: “The incident points to an industry-wide problem, a casual disregard for the well being of underage fans.” (Read more Drake stories.)