The #MuteRKelly movement is finally gaining some momentum. After reappearing on social media this past week, a number of celebrities are using their platform to show their support and take a stand against Kelly.
As previously reported, Kelly has been accused of abusing a number of women and allegedly holding them captive in his homes in Chicago and Atlanta. The hashtag was launched in order to take a stand against the continued promotion and support of Kelly’s music, concerts, and other business endeavors. The movement also aligns its objectives with that of the Time’s Up movement.
John Legend posted a message on Twitter, saying that he stands “with the women of #timesup.” Janelle followed with a statement of her own. “I’ve always felt a responsibility 2help protect other WOC whose voices have gone ignored 2often,” she wrote. “Although this is a larger conversation that must be had, I stand w/ my sisters in #TIMESUP & #muterkelly. We need appropriate investigations in2 the allegations of abuse made by WOC.”
Ava DuVernay also shared a video of Tiffany Haddish and Charlamagne Tha God discussing the problem with supporting R. Kelly. “I think it’s foul if he’s locking up kids and doing things to them. That’s wrong,” Haddish stated.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 30, 2018
I’ve always felt a responsibility 2help protect other WOC whose voices have gone ignored 2often . Although this is a larger conversation that must be had, I stand w/ my sisters in #TIMESUP & #muterkelly. We need appropriate investigations in2 the allegations of abuse made by WOC. pic.twitter.com/fh2PyuZhly
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi Mayweather????? (@JanelleMonae) May 1, 2018
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 30, 2018
— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) April 30, 2018
— Jussie Smollett (@JussieSmollett) April 30, 2018
We join the call to #MuteRKelly and insist on the safety + dignity of all women. We demand investigations into R. Kelly’s abuse allegations made by women of color + their families for two decades. We call on those who profit from his music to cut ties. #MuteRKelly #TIMESUP #WOC https://t.co/RTco2ZeetZ
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) April 30, 2018