Musicians and celebrities are speaking up in light of Lifetime’s latest docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly. Celebs across all industries are pulling the plug on the disgraced R&B singer, who has been accused of preying on, molesting, and abusing young black girls and women.
The docuseries aired six, one-hour episodes over the span of three days at the beginning of Jan. 2019. The series explored R. Kelly’s past behavior throughout his 20-year career. The show then delved into present-day, where the singer has been accused of imprisoning several women in his homes in Atlanta and Chicago.
Following the airing, a handful of celebs have been sharing their reactions online. Most of them appear to be mutually disturbed by the allegations and the numerous accounts of abuse told by survivors. Artists like Tank apologized for supporting Kelly throughout the years, while Jada Pinkett Smith questioned why this behavior had ever slipped through the cracks.
Not everyone was moved by the series however. Master P offered some criticism in regards to the parents of the victims, suggesting they were negligent or not as aggressive as they should have been in getting their children back.
I’m not feeling R after watching that …. it’s so much filthy shit going on in this industry nobody will ever really speak on the wild shit because most of them could have docs like this or even worst done about them! https://t.co/4tJxRHvLbQ
How is it that R Kelly's music sales have spiked (substantially) since the release of the docuseries Surviving R Kelly? I need some help in understanding. What am I missing??? pic.twitter.com/pysqVxLzyi
— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) January 6, 2019
this surviving r kelly series really has me pissed to start the new year. get this man tf outta here. please. he beyond trash.
— black (@6LACK) January 6, 2019
You can’t defend a serial pedo! You can acknowledge that someone tampered with him and made him sick !!!but you cannot make it like what he did was right . That man is sick and that’s fucked up what happened to them young ladies ! And that is that !!!
— little farma (@stylesp) January 5, 2019
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) January 4, 2019
— Rico Love (@IamRicoLove) January 7, 2019
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I lot of artists, song writers, producers, record execs, etc are very confused as to how to respond to what they’ve seen and heard. We’ve all been inspired by this man. We’ve all been witnesses to his musical genius. We have shaped and molded talent we sign after his musical image. We’ve invested so much of ourselves into this man that it’s hard for us to let go. I no longer have that issue. I whole heartedly apologize for not coming to this realization sooner. I CANOT separate the music from the monster! My 3 black daughters won’t let me. What hurts even more are the facilitators around him. His team, his record company, the promoters, the radio stations! There has to be a line drawn. Enough has to be enough at some point. Who are we saying is worth protecting if we let this continue? I choose the lives of these young black girls! I’m sick to my stomach! Let me also say this! There are more men guilty of these crimes! Lets make sure none of them slip through the cracks every again! You are no king because kings don’t treat queens like this! #RnBMoney #TheGeneral
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