USA cablenet Lifetime has pressed ahead as planned with the schedule for its docuseries Surviving R Kelly despite threats of a federal lawsuit from the singer's lawyer.
So now here we are in this space where Kelly is being completely exposed for who he is and the majority of his victims are Black women.
One source says Kelly is now "going to sue everybody who had anything to do with this".
A week later we are all still talking about R. Kelly's shocking docuseries Surviving R. Kelly aired on Lifetime. Following its broadcast, the rapper took to Twitter to claim the quote was taken out of context, but he regrets making the 2015 track Somewhere In Paradise with the 51-year-old R&B star and wanted to apologise to survivors for ignoring past accusations.
Horrifying allegations have been made against singer R Kelly for three decades, including an upsetting trial involving 21 counts of child pornography. She also says that the song about an abused and heartbroken woman is troubling in retrospect, given that R. Kelly wrote them.
The vocal inflection in the clip also reflects Chance saying what he said in a more theoretical manner, not that he actually just doesn't believe Black women.
The series features numerous extended interviews with Kelly's victims, "survivors" in the show's terminology: women-most of whom were underage when they first met Kelly-who share in harrowing detail their experiences with their abuser. Kelly denied the existence of a cult. Their mentions, comments and emails should full of messages on how wrong it is for them to be publicly supporting Kelly over his many accusers. It appears they also felt scared for their families. "It's a bad burden to have to endure".
Following the "Surviving R. Kelly" finale, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chance the Rapper and other celebrities are asking, "Do black girls' lives matter?" So I don't know if R. Kelly did it or not, that's none of my business.
Non-for-profit advocacy organisation Color of Change tweeted the "strength of black women & girls is determined by how much suffering we can endure. Happy Sunday", she said, adding that she wanted to field a conversation about the documentary series on Facebook Live.
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