As soon as embattled singer R. Kelly bolted out of his chair and started punching the air during a dramatic, sob-filled tirade in his compelling TV interview with “CBS This Morning’s” Gayle King, he lost out on trying to convince viewers of his innocence, or so say social media users who saw the program.
As video clips of @GayleKing's sit down with R. Kelly spread across social media Wednesday, it was this still photo of a professional woman remaining calm in the face of a man losing control that became the most indelible image from the interview. https://t.co/ypRqS2veeR
— Kayla Epstein 📰 (@KaylaEpstein) March 6, 2019
R Kelly’s lawyer after seeing the interview pic.twitter.com/IYj24GPBoc
— iggy (@iggyfromendz) March 6, 2019
While Robert Sylvester Kelly, 52, may have believed he is his own best spokesperson, some Twitter users characterized the singer’s decision to do the interview as disastrous and wondered, like in the meme above, why he agreed to the interview. It quickly turned into an embarrassing spectacle with Kelly standing, shouting, gesticulating wildly and accusing people of “assassinating” him.
Other social media respondents said the “Bump n’ Grind” hitmaker’s spontaneous eruption made him look a frightened animal who can sense the end is near.
The interview, which aired Wednesday morning, March 6, 2019, spawned a new round of mocking memes about R. Kelly’s felony sexual abuse case, including this one from former NBA star and frequent Twitter troller Gilbert Arenas.
Lmfao R. Kelly said he gave us 30 years….. that’s ight bro the judge gone give them 30 years right back to you pic.twitter.com/rhRRbiQlXG
— Gilbert Arenas (@GilbertAgent0) March 6, 2019
One user summed up the sentiments of many when he compared one of Kelly’s outbursts to Denzel Washington’s Oscar-winning portrayal of disgraced cop Alonzo Harris, who roared at his adversaries during the final moments of his life:
R Kelly really deserve a Oscar nomination for that interview pic.twitter.com/aVYLuWX64Z
— TrapMoneyDonte (@Donte3K) March 6, 2019
Michael Jackson did not escape unscathed this past week either. Sunday’s airing of the bombshell “Leaving Neverland” documentary intensified the scrutiny of the late singer’s alleged predilection for sexually abusing teen and pre-teen boys. Some reporters who attended the Sundance Film Festival premiere of the two-part docuseries said it stained the “Billie Jean” hitmaker permanently in the eyes of former admirers.
We’ve collected some of the funniest — and pettiest memes — on the internet mocking Kelly and Jackson, starting with “The Breakfast Club” morning radio show making Kelly the “Donkey of the Day.”