R. Kelly’s Team Calls Boycott of His Music an Attempted Public Lynching
R. Kelly's team has responded to a viral movement to boycott his music, and their statement has a lot of people talking.
The singer has been accused of some horrific sexual behavior over the last year, which has lead to the #MuteRKelly initiative undertaken by the Women of Color within the Time's Up movement. The group asks a number of major music companies such as Spotify and Apply Music, RCA Records and Ticketmaster to stop the promotion of R. Kelly's performances and musical endeavors.
Today (May 1), R. Kelly's team issues a statement to Variety alleging that the claims against Kelly are racially motivated lies.
“We fully support the rights of women to be empowered to make their own choices," the statement begins. "Time’s Up has neglected to speak with any of the women who welcome R. Kelly's support, and it has rushed to judgment without the facts. Soon it will become clear Mr. Kelly is the target of a greedy, conscious and malicious conspiracy to demean him, his family and the women with whom he spends his time.
“Kelly’s music is a part of American and African-American culture that should never—and will never—be silenced," the statement continues. "Since America was born, black men and women have been lynched for having sex or for being accused of it. We will vigorously resist this attempted public lynching of a black man who has made extraordinary contributions to our culture.”
Despite R. Kelly's concrete contributions to the culture, the allegations against him are expansive and severe. Most recently, they include that he runs a sex cult where underage girls are taught how to pleasure him sexually. One of his accusers said she escaped with only a cell phone she was given to communicate with Kelly and the clothes on her back.
"It's very frightening," she said. "He would slap you in your face. He would physically harm you and he would put you in a room and he would lock you in the room for days."
The outpour of shocking allegations have led many artists and celebrities to lead initiatives like #MuteRKelly and speak out publicly about him. Most recently was Vince Staples, who called Kelly "a piece of f*****g s**t."
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