Drake and SZA used an image of Berry covered in green slime that was taken at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards as the cover art for the song “Slime You Out,” which was just released on September 15.
Berry addressed the situation on Instagram. The 57-year-old Academy Award winner posted a photo of a quote that says, “Sometimes you have to be the bigger guy…even if you’re a woman,” and mentioned in the comments that the quote was addressing Drake’s decision to use the photo without her approval.
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“Didn’t get my permission. That’s not cool. I thought better of him!” Berry wrote in the comments. She also said, “when people you admire disappoint you, you have to be the bigger person and move on.”
“Exactly!! It’s about principles and integrity. So happy many of you get that,” the actress replied to another fan’s comment.
One Instagram user asked why Berry was “mad” considering that the “photo is owned by Getty Images” and it’s almost guaranteed that “Drake got their permission and paid the fee.”
Berry replied to that statement directly as well. “Cuz he asked me and I said NO that’s why,” she said. “Why ask if you intend to do what you want to do! That was the f*** you to me. Not cool. You get it?”
Drake is also getting called out for the lyrics, which offended some fans. They take issue with one line in “Slime You Out,” which says, “You got my mind in a terrible place/ Whipped and chained you like American slaves.”
“Nobody in the studio told Drake that line was awful??” one listener asked.
“Drake criticism tends to get overblown and silly on here at times but man that ‘slave’ line really is gross lmao… I think it’s the ‘American’ clarification that really does it,” another reaction says.