Taraji P. Henson and Erykah Badu received the ire of the Internet after comments made in the wake of Lifetime’s six-part docuseries Surviving R. Kelly. While in Los Angeles promoting their newest film What Men Want, both co-stars explained their intent behind the comments.
“I actually was just making an observation. I never tried to say anything,” Henson said to the Associated Press. “I was just making an observation, and people know what side I’m on. Why would I launch a foundation for mental health in an African-American community for people to go somewhere to talk to somebody about traumatic experiences and then side with the predator?”
The Academy-Award nominated actress came under fire after viewing the #MuteRKelly hashtag on Twitter and noticed there wasn’t a #MuteHarveyWeinstein hashtag. She posted an Instagram story with a simple “Hmmm,” which many interpreted as Henson’s way of deflecting
The post, which was later deleted, resulted in many condemning the Empire actress, who admits to have been a bit taken aback by the comments.
“Sort of, kind of, you know. Humans are fickle,” she said. “Anything you say or do can be taken totally out of context.”
Badu similarly caught some heat from social media after comments made seemingly in support of R. Kelly during a Chicago performance. When asked to clarify them, the 47-year-old said there wasn’t much to clear up.
“There’s no deep meaning to it, you know. Unconditional love is love. Love is love. And I didn’t just pray for R. Kelly: I wanted to send energy out to everybody involved, everybody that’s hurting as a result of being hurt, is what I said. And I just thought it was weird that people thought that was weird. Why is that weird that I want love for people?”