What Drake being booed offstage at Camp Flog Gnaw says about our generation’s sense of entitlement


Allen Schaben

Drake reacts to boos while performing at Camp Flog Gnaw.

Ah, Twitter. A melting pot of ideas, music, memes and, most importantly, things that people are upset about. And as Veterans Day weekend came to a close, a new firestorm raged across Twitter as news broke that rapper Drake was booed offstage at Camp Flog Gnaw, a music festival organized by fellow rapper Tyler The Creator. 

“Camp Flog Gnaw attendees ungrateful for drake???” wrote one user.

“Embarrassed by fans,” read Tyler The Creator’s Twitter bio.

Yes, you heard that right. If you haven’t been living under a rock the past five years, then you might recognize Drake as one of the world’s biggest music artists- in 2018, he garnered over 8.2 billion streams on Spotify, more than any other artist on the platform. With such a large fanbase and obvious talent, why would the biggest artist in the world get booed offstage at a music festival hosted by one of his good friends?   

The short answer: they wanted someone else. More specifically, they wanted Frank Ocean, who, with over 12 million plays on Spotify per month, is one of (if not the) most popular alternative artists in music. Ocean rarely performs live, but the fact that he is good friends with Tyler the Creator and an announcement of a surprise performer via Flog Gnaw’s Twitter fueled the audience’s hope of hearing Ocean live for the first time since 2017. So when Drake walked onstage, he was greeted with sighs and boos instead of gasps and cheers. 

While on the surface level this might seem trivial, the Flog Gnaw incident exposes how it seems that nothing is enough for the current generation. According to a 2014 public opinion survey, 65% of the 1000 adults surveyed considered millennials to be “entitled.” 

While this could be for a variety of reasons, one that ties into this particular instance is a growing sense of ownership among young people in America (according to a study by Inc.com). Social media allows us to own what we want people to see. Streaming services like Netflix allow us to own what we want to watch when we want to watch it. And music streaming apps like Spotify allow us to own whatever music we want to listen to and the option to skip what we don’t like. There are definitely benefits to this, such as positive reform within the workplace and an increase in creativity through fields like entrepreneurship. 

However, this newfound sense of ownership should not be taken for granted, and it also should not be abused, like it was at Flog Gnaw. It’s important for people to recognize that even if a situation isn’t optimal, it’s important to look for the good in it and be grateful for it. As a generation, we should not skip over the Drake in our life in pursuit of a Frank Ocean.