Listen. I definitely consider myself a feminist. I love women so much that if I weren’t straight, I’d totally be gay. I also find the lyrics in Hotline Bling to be borderline offensive and generally hella wack. But will I still get down to it in the cut? Yup. Let me tell you why.
If you haven’t already noticed, Hotline Bling is a fun song. It’s got a catchy beat (even though it samples D.R.A.M.’s “Cha Cha”) and the video is great to poke fun at. But when you listen to the words, and I mean really listen to it, you will soon realize that Drake is acting like a selfish cry baby because the chick he used to hook up with is basically not there for a booty call anymore. He whines because she starts hanging out with new friends and lives her own damn life. He tries to justify it by low-key throwing shade, accusing her of building “a reputation” when she “used to be a good girl.” His attitude is stupid asf and full of ego.
But I’m still gonna shake my ass to it.
Why would I do that, right? Does it make me a hyprocite?
Look. I believe that Drake’s persona in this diddy makes him kind of dick, but I also believe that it was meant to be that way. Who are we kidding? Pretty much everything these days in the public eye is meant to stir up some shit. It doesn’t make it right but it makes it famous, and famous songs get played in the club and at all your Holiday parties this season. If you don’t want to dance to it, don’t. It’s your right. And that’s okay!
But if you do want to dance to it, then do it. It’s your right. And that’s okay, too!
Secondly, one could also argue that Drake meant to call out the absurdity of his bro-some ways. It might be a stretch, but hey, it just might be true. Maybe because the heart break and justification is so obvious to us all, it was meant to be more of an in-your-face approach. Lyrical satire, if you will.
There’s also the point of view where we want to celebrate Drake’s ex-chick’s choices.
She got away! She’s doing her! She’s got glasses of champagne on the dance floor and she’s running out of pages in her passport! Hell yeah, good for you girl! We can sing and move to it because we are calling out his foolishness and honoring her changes.
And if you can’t get with these few perspectives, then maybe you can get with the next best reason not to boycott it: because you do what you want. You might not love the lyrics, but you want to dance to it anyway and you don’t care what anyone else says about it because it’s your life and your ears and your body and nobody can tell you what to do with it.
Happy Hotline Bling Holiday Season!