Drake Hates Tumblr
And how you can be a telepath too if you're on Twitter.
Given that Drake's new album, Take Care, was leaked online yesterday, we can hardly blame the guy for not being the biggest fan of The Internet right now - except that Drake is completely unfazed by the album leak, and is hating on Tumblr and Twitter instead. The 25 year-old hip-hop artist thinks Tumblr is a sad testament to our vicarious culture, while Twitter gives him the Sookie Stackhouse complex (read: why is everyone complaining about being able to read minds?!) We've got to hand it to him though, because the guy's got a point! Although I do sympathise with the die-hard Drake fans who have dedicated Tumblr sites in his name - for the Fuck Yeah Dizzy Drakes out there, we feel your pain - it's about time someone stood up and questioned the madness pervading the Internet. Posting on his blog October's Very Own, Drake said:
"I'm really scared for my generation, you know. The thing that scares me most is Tumblr. I hate what Tumblr has become. Because it like, it reminds me of those clique-y girls in high school that used to make fun of everyone and define what was cool, but in five years, when you all graduate, that shit doesn't matter. No one gives a fuck about that shit."
As Drake points out, Tumblr used to be about individual expression, but it seems to have become overrun by metaphorical teenage girls wanting to claim that they are cooler than thou. Screw individual expression, a lot of Tumblr sites have become a veritable popularity contest.
"Instead of kids going out and making their own moments, they're just taking these images and living vicariously through other people's moments. It just kills me. Then you'll meet them and they're just the biggest turkey in the world. They don't actually embody any of those things. They just emulate. It's scary man, simulation life that we're living. It scares me."
Not only is the culture of simulation concerning though, but the fetishism of cutting and other such dangerous practices promoted on certain Tumblr sites surely cannot be a healthy thing:
That said, there are plenty of awesome Tumblr sites out there and lots of users who are still interested in individual creative expression (us included). Good on Drake, though, for bringing attention to all the posers giving Tumblr a bad rep. Shame he had to post about it on the Internet, though, the irony of it almost distracts from the validity of his argument.
As for his Twitter concerns, someone might need to refer Drake to a shrink if he really thinks that Twitter is the same as telepathy. Sure, there's a lot of mental vomit on Twitter but come on, reading minds, really?! A Twitter user himself, Drake claimed that "It's basically, like, when you used to sit there as a kid, and want to know what everyone is thinking. That's your superpower...[Twitter is] knowing what everyone is thinking."
I wonder how many people are 'thinking' about Drake's Tumblr rant on Twitter right now...