Kanye West catching heat after alleged defense of R. Kelly

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Kanye West (Photo credit: A.R. Shaw for Steed Media)

Kanye West continues to find himself in hot water every time he opens his mouth. The embattled rapper allegedly defended R. Kelly during his Sunday Service event with Tony Williams, Kid Cudi, and 070 Shake, according to TMZ.

During the event on Jan. 13, 2019, Kanye spoke about R. Kelly and Michael Jackson while Kris Jenner streamed on her Instagram.

“They just gonna pull up full documentaries on him,” Kanye said, reportedly in reference to the “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary. “Then they gonna come with the Michael [Jackson] documentary. We can all enjoy all their music all we want. I thought I wasn’t going to go there today. If we’re gonna tear down artists, let’s go ahead and take [Leonardo] da Vinci out the Louvre. Let’s take down all the art.”

Kanye’s wife, Kim Kardashian, came to his defense.

“I’m going to nip this in the bud right now,” Kardashian said in a Twitter post. “Kanye was speaking about his own experience of everyone [being] quick to say they are canceling him because of differences in opinion and not being perfect. The analogies were in context to his own experiences, not defending anyone else.”

Kanye, who worked with fellow Chicago native R. Kelly in 2012 on the G.O.O.D. Music compilation album Cruel Summer, has yet to clarify his statement.

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A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.



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