Erykah Badu publicly defended R Kelly within the wake of the string of sexual abuse allegations directed in direction of the r’n’b singer and exploration of those in Lifetime documentary Surviving R Kelly.
Badu made the feedback throughout a live performance at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom on January 19, saying: “I dunno how everyone else really feel about it however I’m placing up a prayer proper now for R. I hope he sees the sunshine of day if he finished all these issues that we’ve seen on TV and heard these women speak about. I hope he sees the sunshine of day and comes ahead.”
Responding to a volley of boos from the viewers, she continued: “What y’all say, fuck him? That’s not love. That’s not unconditional love. But what if one of many those that was assaulted by R Kelly grows as much as be an offender, we gonna crucify them?
“They ’bout to R Kelly me to demise on the web, I’m like goddamn. I simply need peace and light-weight for everyone and therapeutic for many who are harm as a result of everybody concerned has been harm, victimised in some kinda method. Love for everyone.”
Fans expressed shock at Badu’s feedback on Twitter following the live performance, with one attendee saying “i can’t recover from how she tried to justify and defend R. Kelly’s actions and repute throughout her set... I’m so disenchanted…”.
I actually need to say how a lot i liked Erykah Badu’s live performance tonight.— jacque (@jacquemarquez_) January 20, 2019
But i can’t recover from how she tried to justify and defend R. Kelly’s actions and repute throughout her set... I’m so disenchanted...
she talked about r kelly and we boo’d so she ought to’ve recognized the temp of the room then— IG: @boydonavin (@boyDonavin) January 20, 2019
Badu took to Twitter after the live performance, writing “I like you. Unconditionally.” in a tweet that seems to be directed in direction of R Kelly, including: “That doesn’t imply I assist your poor selections.”
I like you. Unconditionally.— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) January 21, 2019
That doesn’t imply I assist your poor selections.
I would like therapeutic for you and anybody you've got harm because of you being harm. Is that unusual to you ?
That’s all I’ve ever mentioned. Anything else has been fabricated or taken out of context. - eb
Replying to a Twitter consumer who wrote “I liked you till I realised you supported a rapist and paedophile as your brother”, Badu mentioned: “Correction, love has little to do with supporting others’ dangerous selections. Love is knowledge.”
R Kelly has by no means been convicted for his alleged crimes, which first surfaced in 2002, and denies wrongdoing, addressing them in 19-minute tune ‘I Admit’ in 2018.
Artists like Chance The Rapper and Lady Gaga have just lately apologised for working with R Kelly.
Patrick Hinton is Mixmag's Digital Staff Writer, comply with him on Twitter