US celebs re-ignite the #MuteRKelly. The call for R Kelly to be “muted” is not new, however, it has resurfaced with help of the call by the Times Up’s campaign, which gained momentum and attracted a lot of support from big names.
US stars have joined the #MuteRKelly movement which has been reignited by the Times Up campaign, resulting in one of his shows being cancelled.
R. Kelly has been accused of s.e.xual relationships with minors going back to 1994 when he married the then 15-year-old pop star, Aaliyah.
According to Vox, in the 24 years since then, Kelly has been sued multiple times for inappropriate s.e.xual contact with a minor, where he settled out of court every time. He was also charged with creating child pornography, but a jury found him not guilty on the grounds that they could not conclusively identify the other figure in his infamous s.e.x tape as a child.
The campaign wants his shows to be cancelled, his contracts terminated and the allegations levelled against him “properly” investigated.
US stars such as John Legend, Viola Davis, Kerry Washington and Lupita Nyong’o are among many that support the movement against him.
Today we join the call to #MuteRKelly and insist on safety & dignity for all women. We demand appropriate investigations and inquiries into the allegations of R. Kelly’s abuse made by women of color & their families for over two decades now. #WOC #TIMESUPhttps://t.co/CG7Y5ZmKyR
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) April 30, 2018
— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 30, 2018
— Jussie Smollett (@JussieSmollett) April 30, 2018
I genuinely hope #MuteRKelly works & that he winds up where he belongs. I don't want to hear from anyone justifying decades of him preying on young girls. Please know your conspiracy theories, your rants about #fasttailedgirls etc are proof you're trash. That's it. That's all.
— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) April 30, 2018
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) April 30, 2018
I knew from the moment I opened my eyes that this day would be long and exhausting. I'm not going to spend more hours fussing w/ Black folks. I love us. Even when…
Anyway, leaving these two articles for folks to chew on. ✌🏾 #MuteRKelly https://t.co/rINkr8aggc
— Tarana (@TaranaBurke) April 30, 2018
Ironically, according to a statement from R Kelly’s team, he allegedly also supports the #TimesUp pro-women movement.
— April (@ReignOfApril) April 30, 2018
He also shared a video in response to the hashtag that caught fire on social media.
Source: Times Live