Ava DuVernay wants the world to remember the singer R. Kelly is accused of molesting and ruining the lives of several black girls…including the late singer Aaliyah.
How the brilliant creative is shedding light on the issue in a post Weinstein-gate world?
Find out below…
“His continued success hinges on the invisibility of black women and girls. As long as black women are seen to be a caste not worthy of care and protection, his actions will not receive widespread outcry.” https://t.co/HH62glXY8H
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) December 2, 2017
Keen to ensure that the world doesn’t forget that Kelly still faces legal fire for his allegedly despicable acts against African-American minors, Ava shared an article posted by the New Yorker which condemned the vocalist.
None of the many stars for whom Kelly has written and produced hits have spoken out against him—from Jay-Z, with whom he made two albums and did two co-headlining tours, to Lady Gaga, a champion of female empowerment and herself a sexual-abuse survivor. Last December, Kelly appeared on the “Tonight Show,” singing his Christmas songs and getting a big hug from the host, Jimmy Fallon. Now Kelly is climbing the charts again with “Juicy Booty,” a collaboration with Chris Brown (who was vilified for assaulting Rihanna, in 2009) and the singer Jhené Aiko.
Joining the chorus of voices urging the music industry to give Kelly the boot?
It’s truly insane that R Kelly still has a career. For years it’s been widely known that he’s a child molester. I talked to him about it for BET over a decade ago. And he’s still able to have a career and work with Sony and Live Nation? This is madness.
— Touré (@Toure) December 3, 2017
I’m shocked and wondered if we’d ever take down R. Kelly in our natural lifetime? Like he’s some monster our children will have to form a fellowship to throw a ring into a volcano to destroy? He been letting us know who and what he was since day one creeping on Aliyah’s cover pic.twitter.com/Jxi6oulmWv
— Master Miller (@j_millerworks) December 3, 2017
Now, we ask you…