Drake fans are taking to social media to slam Parq Vancouver today (November 3) after the Canadian rapper published a post to his Instagram story in the wee hours of the morning that accused the luxury resort and casino of "profiling" him.
Taking care to mention Parq's official Instagram handle in the text-based post—which is, hands down, the pettiest and most effective way to air your grievances in 2018—the rapper, whose real name is Aubrey Graham, called the establishment "the worst run business I have ever witnessed." He went on to say that the casino's staff was "profiling me and not allowing me to gamble when I had everything they originally asked me for."
Drake's 50 million followers were quick to react and have since flooded Parq's Instagram page with thousands of comments. Many are accusing the casino of racism and calling for a boycott of the business. "Don't disrespect Drake like that ever again," wrote one user. "How you not gon' let a man with $100 million gamble in a casino?!" asked another. "Make it make sense."
Parq's Yelp page has also received a slew of unfavourable reviews since early this morning, with many users—mostly from the U.S.—taking it upon themselves to defend the so-called 6ix God. "I would definitely never come here for after hearing about this [alleged incident involving Drake]," said Lui M., whose profile states they're located in San Francisco. "I'm sure the same will apply to millions of Drake's followers. You owe that man an apology."
Parq has released a statement addressing the alleged event. "Parq Vancouver is very sorry to hear about this experience and takes theses matters very seriously," said Narinder Nagra, director of resort marketing. "We are required to adhere to strict regulations with respect to gaming in British Columbia. We are actively investigating this matter and have made several efforts to reach out to the guest and his team to discuss the issue. We are committed to having a productive conversation to resolve the issue."
The statement was also published to Parq's website and Instagram page. Launched last fall, the $640-million entertainment-and-culinary destination houses a 24-hour casino, restaurants, two hotels, and a rooftop park.
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Parq Vancouver is sorry to hear about this experience and takes these matters very seriously. We are required to adhere to strict regulations with respect to gaming in British Columbia. We are actively investigating this matter and have made several efforts to reach out to the customer and his team to discuss the issue. We are committed to having a productive conversation to resolve this issue.
This isn't the first time that a Vancouver business has found itself in hot water following claims of racial profiling by a prominent artist. Last year, Toronto-born R&B singer Tory Lanez took to Snapchat to call out a Holt Renfrew Vancouver employee after he was apparently discriminated against during a visit to the store.
Drake is in Vancouver to perform two back-to-back shows tonight (November 3) and tomorrow (November 4) at Rogers Arena as part of his Aubrey & the Three Migos tour with Atlanta-based hip-hop trio Migos.