R. Kelly supporters and opponents clash in Chicago (video)

R. Kelly. (Photo source: [email protected])

R. Kelly supporters and #MuteRKelly protesters squared off at the site of his recording studio on the West Side of Chicago this past weekend.

#MuteRKelly protesters marched down to Kelly’s studio with signs while chanting things like “Mute R. Kelly!” and “R. Kelly, you’re time is up!”

Protesters gathered for the second time last week at R. Kelly’s studio at 219 N. Justine St. to call for an end to the singer’s career and seek justice for the young women who were allegedly housed at his alleged “sex cult.”

When the #MuteRKelly contingent arrived, they were met by R. Kelly supporters. While the yelling and volley of insults ensued, two cars blared Kelly’s music at the protesters as other supporters screamed through megaphones. One side demanded people pray for Kelly, while the other side enumerated the reasons why he should be arrested.

One protester hoisted a sign that read: “ ‘Age ain’t nothing but a number.’ Well, jail ain’t nothing but a room.”

One male supporter called for compassion, shouting, “He needs forgiveness! God is his judge!”

“No, he needs accountability,” a #MuteRKelly protestor responded.

According to the Nielsen ratings, almost 20 million viewers watched the six-hour  “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary, which discussed allegations of sexual and physical abuse that have dogged the Grammy winner for decades. The docu-series also recapped the six-year legal saga that culminated with R. Kelly being acquitted of child pornography charges by a Cook County jury in 2008.

Check out a clip from the protest and counter demonstration below:

Terry Shropshire
Terry Shropshire

A military veteran and Buckeye State native, I've written for the likes of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Detroit Free Press. I'm a lover of words, photography, books, travel, animals and The Ohio State Buckeyes. #GoBucks



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