It’s been a little over a week since survivors came forward in the Lifetime series, Surviving R. Kelly, and it seems like we just may finally get an answer to the question we have all been asking: Will this be enough to cancel him?
In the past, people have ignored allegations about the R&B singer, so they can still bump his music. He became such a staple in the black community, it was hard for many to admit that he may have been a horrible person. When rumors of a relationship with singer, Aaliyah, were circling, everyone turned their heads in the other direction. His crew and his fans didn’t want to believe that a 27-year-old grown man was sick enough to marry a 15-year-old young girl. When a sex tape of him urinating on a 14-year-old girl was becoming the thing everybody was talking about and watching, nobody immediately stopped supporting him as an artist then either. They waited till he went on trial, and since the verdict was “not guilty” then it was okay to keep supporting him and bumping whatever hit was out at the time. .
R.Kelly has denied allegations over and over again even when there is evidence that says otherwise. TMZ has reported that sources have told them that Kelly is in the process of creating a website called survivinglies.com to “expose” his accusers as liars. He’s doing anything and everything to try and save his self image, but it may not be as easy because the truth is out now and people are finally believing it.
Since the docuseries has aired, a lot has happened, including new investigations being launched in Chicago and Atlanta to possibly charge Kelly with false imprisonment for keeping young women against their will and using them for sex. According to reports, there could be an investigation launched in Florida, too. A vigil and rally were held in front of one of Kelly’s notorious music studios in Chicago to show support for victims of sexual abuse and urge anyone to come forward if they have information on the recording artist. This studio is also being inspected to see if there were any unusual modifications to the building such as, turning it into a residential space by making bedrooms, which is something that the survivors talk about in the series.
Surviving R. Kelly has brought attention back on the singer so people can’t forget the terrible things he has done. Whether you think so or not, it’s finally time to cancel R. Kelly and stop supporting someone who doesn’t respect black women.
By Kyla Hubbard, Junior, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School