Drake Apologizes For And Attempts To Explain The Philip Seymour Hoffman Fiasco
Just one day after going on a Twitter tirade and slamming Rolling Stone for a laundry list of complaints, including the magazine’s decision to yank him from the cover and feature Philip Seymour Hoffman, Drake has taken to his personal blog to both apologize for the public relations disaster and to offer his sincerest apologies for his words and the way they came off. Apparently, he wasn’t trying to go at Hoffman or elevate his own legacy above the Academy Award winner's. He was just miffed that so many of his pictures and a portion of his story got cut when they could have simply waited.
Here’s the “I’m sorry” portion of Drake’s statement…
”I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He is one of the most incredible actors of our time and a man that deserves to be immortalized by this publication.”
And here’s the “Let me try to explain why I would complain about Hoffman getting the cover” portion of his statement…
”My frustration stemmed from the way it was executed. The circumstances at hand are completely justifiable (on the magazines behalf), but I was not able to salvage my story or my photos and that was devastating. They ran the issue without giving me a choice to be in it or not. I would have waited until it was my time because I understand the magnitude of the cover they chose but I just wasn't given that option and that made me feel violated.”
Listen: let’s have an honest conversation about this. If Rolling Stone came to any of us and said, “We want to put you on the cover” and then someone died and we got relegated to the back pages, there would be a little selfish disappointment. It sucks to be given an honor and then have it yanked away, even if the circumstances are very justifiable. So, we should all understand Drake’s initial gut annoyance. Unfortunately, there’s a huge difference between doing one stomp lap around your house and taking to Twitter to publicize those very personal feelings because they just don’t play well out loud. At all.
This should be the last time we hear about this situation. Mistakes were made. Apologizes were uttered. It’s time to move on, but if something else comes of it, we’ll be sure to keep you updated it.