Surprise: many Black women come out to defend R. Kelly
Despite overwhelming and damning circumstantial evidence to suggest that legendary R&B singer R. Kelly engaged in an uninterrupted pattern of gross sexual impropriety — and even statutory rape, if you include allegedly sexing down the late singer Aaliyah when she was just a teen — for the past three decades, there are many Black women who are coming to the defense of the prolific songwriter and producer.
And these Black women come armed and ready to defend their position.
The Black establishment has already maligned and vilified Robert Kelly for his alleged unsavory behavior his critics say dates back to the early 1990s. Activist Tarana Burke, the #MeToo movement founder, has helped gather up widespread support from other women of color to publicly renounce Kelly, while legendary radio jock Tom Joyner has pledged he will no longer play his music nor invite him on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” to conduct interviews.
As the backlash becomes so substantial that it is greatly impacting Kelly’s reputation and pockets, Kelly came firing back on Instagram, denying he is a serial sex predator, saying he does not have a sex cult and revealing that his brand is being irreparably damaged.
His supportive base, and it is larger than some want to admit or realize, are also swinging at the critics and investigators who are eager to shut R. Kelly down.
Here is a sampling of that support on Twitter:
Kellz,you are a gifted one whom God has smiled on!! Keep trusting and believing b/c Mother Joann is watching over you!! Your real fans will forever support and love you!! #LoveMyKellz😎
— #Fabulous Goods (@goop54) April 30, 2018
Of course you are a legend very talented as well they trying to bring you down
— TARA (@msblack_berry) May 4, 2018
Yes we do! #ISUPPORTRKELLY 😘
— Charylene Waller (@C_SoLuscious) April 30, 2018
— Ms. A. (@i_am_a_queen71) April 25, 2018
Dear @Gbocoliseum I’m coming from Detroit, Mi to see R. Kelly next week. Please do not crumble under pressure and cancel this concert. We love R. Kelly #memorylanetour #isupportrkelly https://t.co/lwxp9Rl7Yj
— AbsolutelyGail (@iamgail721) May 3, 2018
— Smangaliso (@realsmangaliso_) May 1, 2018
— D’Andrea Logan Kelly (@_DangerouzD) May 4, 2018
How are we turning a movement about primarily white men sexually assaulting women into a black man hate campaign? White supremacy is literally trying to link sexual assault with black men. Bill Cosby, R Kelly, but no white man has been prosecuted.
— Lacy McMullen Jr (@mcmullenforus) May 1, 2018