This nigga R. Kelly simply doesn’t understand the concept of laying low. The R&B singer is under scrutiny as he has been alleged to be holding six women against their will in an abusive “cult,” according to the parents of several of the women and three former members of Kelly’s inner circle.
“Six women live in properties rented by Kelly in Chicago and the Atlanta suburbs,” the report states, citing details from Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee, who were previously in Kelly’s inner circle. “He controls every aspect of their lives: dictating what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records.”
Now, I am of the belief that if you have allegations brought up against you and you are acquitted then you stay outta the way. But apparently some people– shout out to OJ Simpson, think that they have free range to do whatever if they’re lucky enough to beat the State. I wasn’t in the room, or in these homes so I don’t know what happened, but we gotta call a spade a spade here. This is the same man that made one of the first celebrity sex tapes that actually leaked and he had his face planted into a girl who looked to be no more than 17 years old ass. Instead of outrage, people continued to “Step in the Name of Love” and let’s not forget how everything really got swept under a rug when he dropped the remix edition of a song called Ignition.
The fact that we treat it so casual is what bothers me most. Like, what does someone that we actually like have to do in order to lose favor with us, as consumers? Without naming names, there are other entertainers music and athletic that were horrible human beings, yet we turn a blind eye and cheer them on even after knowing the type of person they are. The narrative simply cannot be that because you make us dance or we cheered your athletic feats that you have the green light to be a monster.
To sit here and say that I’ve never enjoyed any of R. Kelly’s music would be a lie. We’ve all had some fun observing the work of a musical genius. But this is bigger than music. There is an article on the Huffington Post website that goes into great detail of all the settlements that this guy has paid out to keep this on the hush. As a parent to a teenager, I would be remiss if I pretended to not be absolutely horrified by this. Whether he is guilty of these accusations is not for me to decide. All I know is that mentally, Robert Sylvester Kelly– the man, needs some help. Whether that’s through a therapist or a stretch in someone’s penal system is not my call, but it may be too late for him to make the decision for himself.