Critics of R. Kelly are threatening to protest if his upcoming concert in Greensboro, N.C. isn’t cancelled.
According to The Washington Post, Brandi Collins-Calhoun (director of reproductive and maternal health for the Greensboro Young Women’s Christian Association) stated that she and other community leaders will protest the concert today (May 11) if it isn’t cancelled. As of press time, it appears that the show will still occur; R. Kelly tweeted about giving the first 2,500 fans free t-shirts at tonight’s event.
“The Greensboro Coliseum choosing to host a repeat offender condones the continuous abuse and harm that he has done to African American women and girls, and encourages rape culture,” Collins-Calhoun wrote in her letter, which was also signed by eight other organizations in the area. “The coliseum has neglected to consider the Black women and girls that largely makes up the community that relies on them for community engagement and entertainment.”
A social media campaign to “mute” the “I Believe I Can Fly” musician began a few weeks ago, in order to bring attention to the numerous reports of assault and abuse against black teenage girls and women. He was dropped from a recently scheduled performance in Chicago as protests continued to occur. Spotify recently removed the controversial singer’s songs from their playlists, in an effort to diminish hate content and hateful conduct on their service.