Kiely Williams Addresses ‘Spectacular’ Haters: ‘Don’t Shoot The Messenger’


It’s been some time since we’ve seen ex-3LW star and Cheetah Girls pop tart, Kiely Williams, surface on the R&B front. But when her controversial music video for the single “Spectacular” premiered on Tuesday, the 23-year-old wasn’t exactly embraced with open arms. 

In the four-minute video directed by Ed DuRante, Williams is shot at a bar taking shots with a suitor whom she ends up having a shameless one-night-stand. The lyrics—written by Williams— include lines such as: “Last I remember I was face down/Ass up, clothes off, broke off, dozed off/Even though I’m not sure of his name/He could get it again if he wanted.”

The video and song gained Williams plenty of backlash from critics who thought it to be too strikingly salacious, advocating promiscuity and unprotected sex. However, in an official statement made today, Williams defended “Spectacular” stating that it was not meant to be taken literally.

“I am an actor and performer. I have been so since my first role in a television pilot at five-years-old. I am playing a character in the music video for the song ‘Spectacular,’ as I did in the ‘Cheetah Girl’ movies,” she says. “The fact is, that sometimes women get intoxicated and have unprotected sex. My video puts this issue front and center. It is absurd to infer or suggest that I am condoning this behavior.”

The young singer also went through a list of other female celebrities who she feels created controversial art with metaphoric meaning. “Are Lady Gaga and Beyonce advocating murder with the ‘Telephone’ video? Of, course not. Was Rihanna encouraging suicide with ‘Russian Roulette?’ No. Was Madonna suggesting that young unmarried girls get pregnant with ‘Papa Don’t Preach?’ I don’t think so. Is Academy Award winner Mo’Nique a proponent of incest because of her portrayal of Mary in the movie ‘Precious?’ Clearly, the answer is no.” she says. “I wrote ‘Spectacular’ and made the video to bring attention to a serious women’s health and safety issue. Don’t shoot the messenger.”

Williams will star in the film, Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming later this year. —Tracy Garraud