Seeing people defend R Kelly is so disgusting, especially when they use the “I’m not going to shun him because black men face police brutality” when:
1. Victims of police brutality are innocent, whereas R Kelly is the predator
2. R Kelly is a known abuser who preys on young girls (he was caught outside of middle schools trying to seduce young girls and married Aaliyah when she was 15)
3. R Kelly is forcing those women into cutting off all contact with their family and threatens to to financially ruin these women if they leave
4. Multiple women who were in his inner circle or were his victims over the years confirmed the allegations and gave more details about his abuse
Excusing an abuser’s behavior because he’s black and other black men are victims of police brutality is not only demeaning to the innocent people who experienced systematic oppression, but also putting the feelings of a predator over the wellbeing of these innocent young black women who are being brainwashed and abused physically, emotionally, and sexually.
Anytime that I learn that R. Kelly is releasing new music, or that he’ll be appearing at an awards show or that he’s received some other affirmation or distinction in spite of his despicable history, I’m reminded that those who harm black women and girls too often escape accountability, and that our word is rarely enough.
How else to explain Monday’s devastating report at BuzzFeed detailing new allegations of predatory and abusive behavior towards young women by Kelly?
It shouldn’t have come as a surprise to many people, but even just judging by the parents of the women whose cases are featured in the story, the implications of years of reports of Kelly’s behavior escaped many people, if they’d heard about it at all .
After all, unless you are an avid consumer of African-American media or the Chicago Sun-Times, it’s perhaps possible that you’ve missed hearing very much about the decades of rumors, allegations, lawsuits, settlements and criminal charges that define, for some of us, the self-proclaimed “Pied Piper of R&B” far more than any of his famous songs ever could.
Kelly’s alleged abuse of underage girls and women has been covered by the likes of the Village Voice,GQ and New York; his behaviors aren’t some deeply hidden industry secret that managed to evade public speculation for years. Read more(Opinion)
As a society, we have established a predatory pattern of our own. When powerful men are accused of hurting women, we tend to want to make the accusation go away as quickly as possible. So we ignore them. We accuse the women of lying, or we say that something happened too long ago for anyone to know or remember the details, or we say that the man appears to be genuinely remorseful so why bring up old unpleasantness?
We give the men awards. We buy the art they make. We give them plenty of opportunities to make new art. We do not send them to jail. We hold them up as powerful and important men worth admiring and respecting.
It’s what we did with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski, and Johnny Depp and Mel Gibson and Casey Affleck. It’s what we did with Bill Cosby just this June, when a jury was unable to convict him of rape, despite the fact that he said he gave women drugs and then had sex with them: Cosby’s pervasive image as America’s favorite dad seems to have outweighed all of the evidence arrayed against him, including his own testimony.
And it’s what we’ve done year after year with R. Kelly, since 1994.
If you’re man and you claim to love your mother or sister, you’re a fucking clown if you listen to R. Kelly.
If you’re a woman and you claim to love yourself and you listen to R. Kelly, you’re a fucking clown.
If you’re a human, and claim to love children and believe every child should be protected from sexual predators, manipulation and lifelong emotional suffering, you should not be supporting, listening to, discussing, praising or making apologies or excuses for a fucking pedophile.
Pedophile = Child Rapist = R Kelly
They found 12 photos of a female minor hidden in his house. The female in the photos is the same person in the video that was filmed in his sauna. The guy in the video looks like him! A woman testified to having numerous threesomes with R. Kelly and the child! Before this incident, R. Kelly quietly paid FOUR young minors to never tell anyone about their sexual escapades. Those settlements are on record. Remember what he said when he had his 1st interview after the trial? The interviewer said “do you like teenage girls” R. Kelly replies “when you say teenage, how old are we talking?” - what innocent person says that?
But somehow, people are on the internet 13 years later discussing R. Kelly upcoming album and tour. sigh. ‘Yall clowns. All day.
Fuck. And don’t get me started on Woody Allen. Somebody tell jokes or play nasty songs on the piano and ‘yall just pretend you don’t know who the hell they are…
Okay so, Chester from Linkin Park has died, O.J’s going to be out on parole, Usher got the herps, R. Kelly is holding women in a cult, Kevin Hart allegedly cheating on his pregnant wife, and Bella Thorne back at it with a masturbation video whilst wishing she had a dad
I am so disappointed in the Black community when it comes to how we respond to child predators, such as R. Kelly and Eddie Bishop Long. This shows me that our children’s safety is compromised by lack of accountability for black men who engage in predatory behavior, ESPECIALLY if they are celebrities…