Drake Calls Claims He Asked Fan To Remove Her Hijab “Fake”

Oh, fake news. The scourge of our modern, tech-driven existence. As if screwing with presidential campaigns weren’t enough, fake news is now reportedly out there messing with everyone from the Pope to Drake.

The singer posted on Instagram yesterday, in response to claims that he asked a Muslim fan to remove her hijab during one of his concerts. “I am being utilized in a fake media story,” Drake said in his post.

Drake added that he was devastated by the rumors of his supposed intolerance. He clarified that his joking remarks were directed to a woman who “was wearing a jacket and a winter scarf” and that he “made a comment about taking off the scarf because I really enjoy a 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 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.

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“I am proud that my closest friends and fans come from all different religions and races,” Drake concluded, proposing that “perhaps whoever made up this story should spend more time learning about other cultures and less time trying to divide us.”

Solid suggestion. Because when Apple CEO Tim Cook said recently that fake news is “killing people’s minds,” many of us found ourselves cringe-nodding in agreement.

If you, too, are looking to fact-check what you read (and keep your mind alive and kicking in the process) here are some useful tips.

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