Lifetime‘s groundbreaking exposure of R. Kelly‘s sexual predations kicked off yesterday evening with the first chapter in its ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ series.
Now, as the world learns more about the true extent of his perversions, celebrities have weighed in on what they saw alongside viewers who used social media to dissect and discuss the insanity.
Ann Powers’ commentary in Surviving R. Kelly is really insightful. The bit about problematic artists either masking their transgressions with gilded righteous/uplifting music or hiding it in plain sight with hyper-exaggerated caricature of their transgression is a good analysis
— Ivie Ani (@ivieani) January 4, 2019
To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn’t feel risky at all. I believe these women and don’t give a fuck about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) January 4, 2019
All these “sides” of him came with a long list of red flags that everyone ignored. #SurvivngRKelly
— Bridget Kelly (@IamBridgetKelly) January 4, 2019
Sparkle knew about R Kelly abusing young girls AND his wife, but still introduced her 12 year old niece to him. Because she believed he could make his niece a star. It is Sparkle’s niece that is on the infamous tape. She was 14. #SurvivingRKelly
— April (@ReignOfApril) January 4, 2019
Also I love @ladygaga but it’s so telling that she talks so much about sexual assault but when it comes to Black women & Black girls being sexually assaulted by R Kelly, someone she’s worked with, she suddenly refuses to talk about it.
— “Nobody” by Mitski live at SiriusXM stan account (@haramfeminist) January 4, 2019
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) January 4, 2019
— iamjinx (@jamrick_m) January 4, 2019
What you clearly don’t understand is that rapists aren’t in dark alleys. They are first dates. They are uncles. They are cousins. They are boyfriends. They are husbands. When a rapist or sexual predator decides to be that, it’s not shit we can do about it. https://t.co/bMtXWmnbJo
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 4, 2019
Kelly, who threatened (but failed) to file a lawsuit against Lifetime, is yet to respond.
R. Kelly know he bogus as hell. He met Aaliyah at 12 years old and was already lusting over her. Even had her singing about wanting a grown man at the age of 14. That’s manipulation at it’s finest. #SurvivingRKelly pic.twitter.com/j8UvxqSBeD
— Juice. (@ArrogantAdolf) January 4, 2019
It’s more than than that. Lady Gaga was vocal in her support for the #MeToo movement & the Kesha and Dr. Luke situation, but she was so quiet about R. Kelly when asked to speak about him. https://t.co/QnXWwUxWtw
— rabbigracias (@rabbigracias) January 4, 2019
The docuseries was created by the filmmaker Dream Hampton and stands as one of many Kelly-based projects set to air within the next year as part of efforts to lift the lid on his abuse of children and women.
Let’s not forget that R. Kelly was indicted on 21+ counts of child pornography. The cops then found MORE. Only reason case was dropped was b/c the WAY the police obtained the photos. THERE WAS NO DOUBT HE HAD CHILD PORN. #SurvivingRKelly #protectblackwomen
— PudgyMcJudgerson (@pudgyandjudgy) January 4, 2019