Erykah Badu has remained silent after Lifetime aired the six-part docuseries Surviving R. Kelly. The singer and entertainer who once referred to Kelly as her "brother" while hosting the Soul Train Awards and has kept a low profile during the series.
Badu has finally broken her silence during a show at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom in which attendees say the Grammy-award winning singer defended Kelly and instructed others to "keep their opinions to themselves."
Erykah Badu came to Chicago and told us all she finna love R Kelly anyway & we can keep our opinion to ourselves. Mad disrespectful to our city and a shitty use of her platform. Crusty ass bitch.
— hot headed yam (@tomapapito) January 20, 2019
Another attendee tweeted Badu attempt at trying to bring light to the hypocrisy in the public outcry against Kelly.
“what if one of the people who was assaulted by R Kelly becomes an offender? we gonna crucify them too?” -erykah badu at her chicago concert
— IG: @boydonavin (@boyDonavin) January 20, 2019
Many in attendance were hurt by Badu's actions and left conflicted.
I really want to say how much i loved Erykah Badu’s concert tonight.
But i can’t get over how she tried to justify and defend R. Kelly’s actions and reputation during her set... I’m so disappointed...
— jacque (@jacquemarquez_) January 20, 2019
I really don’t want to believe Erykah Badu is sacrificing her music legacy for R. Kelly. I don’t. everyone has their ignorance and places that deeply disappoint me, including my favorite artists (and myself), but supporting child predators is such a nefarious thing to do.
— Myles E. Johnson (@hausmuva) January 20, 2019
This isn't the first time Badu has come under fire for what many deem to be problematic commentary. In April 2016, Badu agreed with a school district that was making it mandatory for girls to wear longer skirts as a way to not "distract" the boys.
Erykah Badu's defense of R. Kelly prompted Twitter to dig up old tweets.
erykah badu already told y’all she doesn’t believe GIRLS when it comes to matters of sexual assault, harassment, rape, etc. so why y’all shocked now? pic.twitter.com/Eogzatc9aO
— ALEXIS$ 🧚🏾♀️ (@lexxdadon) January 20, 2019
Erykah Badu said she empathizes with Hitler because he was a beautiful painter. Why are y'all surprised?
— Experiment 625 (@Mariah__Cara) January 20, 2019
Writer and director dream hampton said Badu was one of many celebrities she contacted to be in the series but denied her request.
Does Erykah Badu's defense of R. Kelly make you think twice about the singer? Will you continue to listen to Badu's music, or does the defense of R. Kelly mean she's now an enabler? Sound off in the comments.