The recently released Lifetime docu-series Surviving R. Kelly is proving hard to ignore for the entertainment community. Even those who have worked with R. Kelly, or looked up to him, or were just in love with his music have banded together to denounce the now-disgraced singer.
Ne-Yo was one of the first artist's to jump on board the #MuteRKelly train asking his fans and followers to stop listening to the 50-year-old singer's music. "There is NO excuse. Music is important. It really is. But it’s not more important than protecting our children, protecting our little girls. PERIOD. #IHaveADaughter #TF!?? #MUTERKELLY," he wrote on Instagram.
Meek Mill also weighed in Kelly's alleged decades of sexual abuse (which he denies), tweeting his thoughts after watching the docu-series. "I'm not feeling R after watching that," he wrote. "It’s so much filthy sh*t going on in this industry nobody will ever really speak on the wild sh*t because most of them could have docs like this or even worst done about them!"
R&B singer Tank issued a lengthy statement on Instagram, addressing how he can no longer separate the music from the man. "I [like a] lot of artists, song writers [sic], producers, record execs, etc are very confused as to how to respond to what they’ve seen and heard. We’ve all been inspired by this man. We’ve all been witnesses to his musical genius. We have shaped and molded talent we sign after his musical image. We’ve invested so much of ourselves into this man that it’s hard for us to let go. I no longer have that issue," he wrote. "I whole heartedly [sic] apologize for not coming to this realization sooner. I CANOT [sic] separate the music from the monster! My 3 black daughters won’t let me. What hurts even more are the facilitators around him. His team, his record company, the promoters, the radio stations! There has to be a line drawn. Enough has to be enough at some point. Who are we saying is worth protecting if we let this continue? I choose the lives of these young black girls! I’m sick to my stomach! Let me also say this! There are more men guilty of these crimes! Lets make sure none of them slip through the cracks every again! You are no king because kings don’t treat queens like this!"
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