Recently, it was reported that year-old rapper Drake shut down a restaurant in Washington D. And rumors of the two dating become more alarming when looking at some of the pictures she also posted on her Instagram after their first meeting. So, there is a lot of unpack here. Drake is not doing anything illegal, but he is 31 which makes him 13 years older than Harris.
These two people are in very different places of their lives. Harris just graduated high school in Juneand one has to wonder whether this relationship would be allowed to continue if the pair were not famous. But Drake and Harris hardly holdy the largest age gap in hollywood — many other celebrities such as Emilie Livingston and Jeff Goldblum, who have an age difference of 31 years. What is worth thinking about is that we know with this relationship the couple had known each other for two years before they began dating. The pair is still dating and posting pictures together with some discourse on different websites about if their relationship is okay.
Are hollywood directors trying to relive their youth, or please the audience?
And in an article released on Slate inthe author writes. And to add onto the list of male celebrities who are dating ificantly younger women, year-old comedian Dane Cook is dating 19 year-old singer Kelsi Taylor.
And again with just a little bit of time spent looking on both of their instagramstheir 26 year-age gap is contested highly. All of these examples are to show a specific pattern that appears to be occurring with older men in Hollywood.
These powerful celebrities are finding young models or singers or actresses who are hoping to gain the same type of fame as the men they want to date. There is a clear power dynamic in Hollywood, and the public eye allows famous men to get away with dating these younger women. While there is no direct evidence of sexual grooming in many of these cases, when older men begin to date women who are just becoming legal adults, there are always questions about if something like grooming has occurred.
Sexual grooming is defined as people building relationships with often younger people with the intention of using the bonds they created in order to establish a sexual relationship or abusive relationship. The practice of grooming seems to be like sexual coercion enacted over extended periods of time through emotional manipulation and abuse.
Last summer, famous singer R. Kelly was accused of holding women in a cult, where he manipulated, abused, and groomed the women into believing they were there due to their own personal choices. But the singer has been long accused of sexual assault of younger women. InKelly reportedly married year-old Aaliyah.
Their relationship was a clear case of grooming, considering that Aaliyah first met Kelly because he was her mentor, and controlled most of her life when they were together. Since then, Kelly has been accused of sexual misconduct and in the then year-old Kelly was dating a year-old model.
What is perhaps equally as concerning as his relationship with Harris is his relationship with year-old Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown. The pair apparently text regularly about boys and her life in general, and the internet has begun to call out what seems to be Drake grooming another young woman.
And if a year-old was semi-regularly texting a year-old outside of the Hollywood setting, it would most certainly not be tolerated by the public. While there are many different factors at play within all of these relationships, one is that fame prevents these male celebrities from ever really being punished or facing repercussions for their relationship with younger women who are aspiring to be more famous and successful.
Additionally, the clear, recurring difference in power between these men and women in all of these relationships seems to be functioning structurally within Hollywood, allowing for this cycle to continue.
So while Drake might not have been setting out to prey on his new girlfriend, Hollywood culture has accepted and protected men who date younger women, so he is allowed to behave this way, and will continue to do so. And Hollywood will allow for men to groom younger women or manipulate them because people in Hollywood or the public very rarely call it out, and when news outlets or people on social media finally say something, these comments are ignored.
As a society, we need to begin holding our celebrities and all men to higher standards and working against the structures that let them continue to date or prey on young women. in. Log into your .
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