Halle Berry: Drake used my image without permission for his single

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It’s been a little while since Drake publicly did or said something problematic, but he needs attention for his new single, so it looks like we’re right on schedule. Drake just released the first single off of his upcoming “For All the Dogs” album. The single is a collaboration with SZA called “Slime You Out.” The cover artwork is of Halle Berry getting slimed at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. This was news to Berry, who called Drake out via Instagram for using the image without her permission.

Halle Berry is speaking out briefly about Drake’s new single cover for “Slime You Out.”

The rapper released his new song, which marks his first collaboration with SZA and is the first from his upcoming album For All the Dogs, on Friday. The cover of the single features an image of Berry getting slimed at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.

Drake and SZA posted the same single cover on their respective Instagram accounts on Wednesday, teasing their upcoming collab without outright saying what it would be or when it would come.

Berry shared an Instagram post after the single was released of a pink square with the words “Sometimes you have to be the bigger guy … even if you’re a woman!” on it. In the comment section, an artist who goes by “slicartist” asked the actress what her thoughts were about Drake using the photo of her for the single.

“Didn’t get my permission,” she wrote. “That’s not cool I thought better of him !” She then followed up that comment with another one, adding, “hence my post today. When people you admire disappoint you, you have to be the bigger person and move on !”

[From The Hollywood Report]

In the comments, someone pointed out that the picture in question is owned by Getty Images, so technically, Drake didn’t need to ask Berry for permission. Berry responded by sharing that Drake did ask her and she had told him no, explaining, “Why ask if you intend to do what you want to do! That was the f– you to me. Not cool. You get it?” Lovely.

Even if Drake’s team bought the image to use legally, it’s still messed up that he used it anyway. Berry also clarified in the comments that she wasn’t interested in suing Drake over it, but just “wished these men out here would give women the respect we deserve.” I saw some Drake defenders on the Artist Formerly Known as Twitter snarking about how Berry should be grateful for the “free clout,” and it’s like…she’s Halle-F’ing-Berry. She doesn’t need free clout, you idiots. If anything, Drake is using her for clout because now he’s in the news cycle and his name will always be associated with Academy Award Winner Halle Berry.

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25 Responses to “Halle Berry: Drake used my image without permission for his single”

  1. Nicole says:

    Is it my imagination or is Drake getting more gross over time?

    • BlueNailsBetty says:

      It is not your imagination. He’s gross.

      • SophieJara says:

        So gross. He bragged in a song about calling JLo so much after she dumped him that she had to change her number. *Bragged*. If he’s doing that to the Jennifer Lopez (Affleck), what is he doing to young wannabe influencers? He’s suuuuuch a creep. And his $500k bed is so ugly.

    • Michael says:

      He is getting more comfortable. He has always been gross. His Russell Brand moment is coming. People in the Hip Hop community know all about his penchant for underaged girls

      • Naye In VA says:

        No girl coming forward about him is safe. The black community doesn’t cape for black women or really any women against a massive star like him. Women included, sickeningly. Just look at R Kelly with OBVIOUS guilt.

      • M says:

        I always got the skeevy vibes from him. And then I found out about the MBB stuff and was like, yea that tracks.

    • Wannabefarmer says:

      I’m learning that my first instincts are always right. Never liked this guy and couldnt understand why I didnt, always has a sleazy feel vibe from him. (Always worried I might be unfairly judgey). Same thing re cosby. I grew up watching that show and there was something about him that just made me feel yuck. Years later, yep, there is.

      • MJPAUL says:

        I grew up watching The Cosby Show and I never ever imagined that Bill Cosby could be such a monster. That really blew my mind. Since then, I try to pay closer attention to the celebs I follow and admire. Drake gives me the ick so I’m not a fan. He also seems kind of insecure despite all the success he’s had in his career.

      • Bee (not THAT Bee) says:

        Cosby had a lot of mean spirited jokes on his albums.

    • PeasantRoyal says:

      Drake is one of the people I just look at on pictures and feel sick. His vibe is so wrong. The grooming of that young actress years ago? that was gross. Also have you ever heard of someone head over heels in love with Drake? nope. me neither.

  2. girl_ninja says:

    Aubrey is straight up trash. He has a long history of suble misogyny and not so suble hubris.

  3. Grant says:

    I think Drake has always hated women and this is just the latest example of his casual misogyny. Gross. Halle Berry is an icon and he’s trash. HB has more talent in her little finger than Drake does in his whole body; he sucks as a rapper IMO.

  4. Jillian says:

    Drake has always been gross, for so many reasons

  5. A says:

    Every single thing about this, from start to finish, from the artist to the track title to the picture makes my skin crawl. Of all the things he could be, Drake chose to be a creep.

  6. Tila says:

    He has clear arrested development and I really don’t know why people still enjoy his mediocre music. I mean, an album called ‘certified lover boy’. Ugh. ‘Loverboy’ is a tactic used by andrew tate. Vile.

  7. Naye In VA says:

    Wait until you hear the song. I cut it off after 7 seconds.
    Because I’m at this point where black men act like they haven’t perpetuated the stereotypes against us through music so I just dgaf what they have to say for the most part. The first few moments of the song….. it feels like we are starting to get backlash from finally owning our place in this world, calling out the misogynior, and leaving these clowns alone. So they are butthurt at our redefined agency and basically its like Trump after Obama. I’m over it.

  8. Xeni says:

    I don’t like drakes music – only one song, but he’s just so meh to me…but then again I don’t know him

    However she mentioned she’s not interested in suing him, she couldn’t anyway the image is owned by Getty, they have the rights.

    I’m assuming he asked as a courtesy as he didn’t expect her to say no, it’s not like he needs her permission to use the image. I guess he should have just sent an FYI I’m using this image…I don’t know

    It reminds me of when I was younger I asked my mum to go out, she told me no, my response to her was “next time I won’t ask, I’ll just go anyway” 😂😂😂

    • Mel says:

      Suing him would be more money than it’s worth but why go through the pretense of asking me if you’re going to do what you want anyway? Why call my attention to it? He’s a jerk and I don’t blame her for being annoyed.

      • lucy2 says:

        If I were her, I’d be tempted to sue him too, even if she doesn’t really have grounds to do so. He’s such an ass. He asked and she declined, he should have respected her wishes.

        I think everyone should find the WORST pictures of Drake and make them their avatar, album art, etc.

      • Satish More says:

        It sounds like he was butt hurt that she said NO, so he made a POINT to use it. Just another black man secretly furious that a black woman stood up to him

        Remember that sh$tty song he did about Meghan Thee Stallion, implying that she was lying about Tori Lanez shooting her?

        Drake is TRASH.

  9. Mango says:

    I can’t stand Drake. He should change the artwork. Also why is there a picture of him with a million bras? What is that supposed to mean?

  10. Concern Fae says:

    If you are going to do something if the person says no, don’t ask. He may be in some legal jeopardy. There was a famous case with Bette Midler. Some company wanted her to sing in a commercial. She said no. They hired sound a like instead. She sued and won. The court ruled that the company could’ve used a sound like in its commercial. However, once they asked Midler, they couldn’t pretend that they hired a singer who just happened to sound like Midler. They were trying to make the audience think it was Midler. I think some of the same is happening here.

    Drake has some good songs, but what a trash human being.

  11. hangonamin says:

    LOL for the clout…Halley Berry is an ICON. she’s got more clout than Drake. lmao. the gymnastics ppl do in their heads to justify their male idols.

  12. Sass says:

    My god, I hate this man.

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