Since the airing of the documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, more and more artists have spoken out against R&B artist and alleged predator R. Kelly. From pulling their collaborative tracks off streaming services, apologising for working with him or simply denouncing R. Kelly on their public platforms, here’s how these 10 celebrities have distanced themselves from R. Kelly:
1. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga apologised for collaborating with R. Kelly and pulled her song Do What You Want from streaming services. She also spoke out about being a victim of sexual assault herself in a social-media post. She addressed her trauma and proclaimed to stand behind all the survivors.
I stand by anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault: pic.twitter.com/67sz4WpV3i
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) January 10, 2019
2. Chance the Rapper
Chance the Rapper has removed his song Somewhere In Paradise from streaming services after calling the collaboration with R. Kelly a ‘mistake’. In a tweet, he also apologised to survivors for working with R. Kelly and taking this long to speak out.
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) January 6, 2019
3. Celine Dion
Celine Dion pulled her 1998 chart-topping hit I’m Your Angel from streaming services and the song has also reportedly been removed from YouTube. While she hasn’t released a statement, her decision to pull a song this successful speaks volumes, and the superstar continues to flourish and look amazing.
4. John Legend
John Legend was the only big musician who agreed to be interviewed on Surviving R. Kelly. In a tweet, he called his decision easy and boldly stands by his choice to speak out in the docu-series.
To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn’t feel risky at all. I believe these women and don’t give a fuck about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) January 4, 2019
Rapper 6lack expressed his disgust for R. Kelly, and his alleged crimes, on social media. He followed this up by shutting down R. Kelly supporters who came to the alleged abuser’s defence on Twitter.
this surviving r kelly series really has me pissed to start the new year. get this man tf outta here. please. he beyond trash.
— bear (@6LACK) January 6, 2019
Ciara is in the process of having her collaboration with R. Kelly pulled. She has reportedly requested that Sony remove her track Promise (Go And Get Your Tickets Mix) from iTunes and other streaming services. Here’s to keeping the trash outside.
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7. Nick Cannon
Nick Cannon made a public apology for working with R. Kelly on his track Gigolo and promised to ‘no longer be silent’ about abuse. In his Instagram post, he admitted to turning a blind eye in the past, and is now committed to learning and improving in this regard. His long, reflective post also addressed the issue of the male ego and the sexism that still goes on in the entertainment industry.
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#TBT After much self reflection and meditation, I have to be one of the first to admit that in my past I’ve DEFINITELY turned a blind eye to a lot of darkness in this industry. Let’s stop beating around the bush and call it what it is. This entire industry was established and built by evil and predatorily spirits and male chauvinistic behavior. And since the recent media outrage pertaining to @RKELLY I have realized that the REAL issue at hand is the ultimate lack of care and disrespect for our QUEENS. For far too long we have treated women like second class citizens, when in actuality they are the source, our core, and the Superior beings. But our insecurities, Egos, and lack of love has tried to prove otherwise. Therefore we have SEVERAL cases where we allow entertainers, executives, and every day individuals abuse and mistreat our life bearers and beautiful equals. It is no secret how men have misused their power to manipulate young emerging pop stars to seasoned hollywood actresses and everyone in between. I have personally witnessed it and will no longer be silent about it. It’s not dry snitching, it’s a paradigm shift. I’m not judging ANY man for his past or his private actions because I too am a guilty sinner of the blatant disrespect even in some of the statements in the song above. But From Individuals like Les Moonves, Harvey Weinstein, Elvis and others, I must say we have to deal with this sickness head on. The real leaders and Bosses must step up and be MEN! And I will be one of the first to say on behalf of all men, I am Sorry. Please consider an advocate, ally and student that needs guidance in an industry that was designed to take advantage of women. Let’s change it ALL immediately. And call it all to the table for our ignorance, wrong doings and disrespect. I apologize my Queens.
8. Meek Mill
Hip-hop artist Meek Mill also condemned R. Kelly after watching the docu-series. He took to Twitter to share his views and wasn’t afraid to point out how common abuse is in his industry.
I’m not feeling R after watching that …. it’s so much filthy shit going on in this industry nobody will ever really speak on the wild shit because most of them could have docs like this or even worst done about them! https://t.co/4tJxRHvLbQ
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) January 5, 2019
9. Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith invited survivor and R. Kelly accuser Lisa Van Allen onto one of her Red Table Talks. Her co-hosts (her daughter Willow Smith and her mother Adrienne) joined her in discussing the accounts of abuse in the documentary. Jada used her platform to highlight the voice of this survivor and also commented on how everyone was ‘complicit’ in supporting R. Kelly despite two decades of allegations.
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Singer Ne-Yo has joined the #MuteRKelly movement too. In an Instagram post, he declared that music is ‘not more important than protecting our children’.
These 10 stars have spoken out against R. Kelly and abuse, among many other artists and celebrities. Radio stations have also reduced or stopped playing R. Kelly’s music, while RCA has also reportedly stopped putting money behind his music. Investigations are underway in Chicago and New York to bring charges against R. Kelly.
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