Surviving R Kelly And The #MeToo Movement
I don’t want this to be only about Lady Gaga but she is the perfect example of celebrities’ hypocrisy. Early 2014, Gaga re-recorded a new version of her song ‘Do What U Want’ with Christina Aguilera, while a first version was, of course, featuring R. Kelly. At the time, she never explained why this awful song needed to be recorded twice, however, the Village Voice had just dropped a very long article about the 15-year-old investigation by journalist Jim DeRogatis on R. Kelly’s bad and monstrous behavior… no explanation was necessary.
You may even remember Gaga’s performance with R. Kelly during Saturday Night Live and the American Music Awards, it was racy, trashy, and everyone was applauding expect the victims.
Now that Kelly is under fire with the new series ‘Surviving R. Kelly’, Lady Gaga has issued an apology for collaborating with the famous singer: ’As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made both the song and video at a dark time in my life,’ she continued. ‘My intention was to create something extremely defiant and provocative because I was angry and still hadn’t processed the trauma that had occurred in my own life.’
She goes on and on, making herself a victim of her past, her poor judgment, her young age (she was 27)… Whatever she knew and ignored it, she even mentioned their ‘bond’ at the time as if the accusations, which have been around for decades, had never existed
But Lady Gaga is only one example, many artists have collaborated with R. Kelly, from Jay Z to Mariah Carey, and an endless list of singers and musicians… others are also apologizing, but Future wants everyone to stop talking about it: ‘“We giving it too much attention, you know what I’m saying? When you give things too much attention, they blow up. That’s why he gon’ blow up. That’s why his music gonna do what it did ’cause y’all keep talkin’ about it. Stop talking about it, it’ll go away,’ the rapper declared…
During this #MeToo era, there is no chance we will stop talking about it, when the series confirms that Kelly sexually abused several women, had sex with countless 14-year-old girls, and even held girls captive in a bizarre sex slaves scenario. Still, people continued to buy his music, artists continued to collaborate with him.
And if many artists have refused to collaborate to the series, a few like John Legend and Chance the Rapper have participated and are speaking out. And certainly, the most shocking statement comes from Chance: ‘I didn’t value the accusers’ stories because they were black women,’ says the Rapper in the final episode of the six-part documentary.
It’s a very sad thing to say, but a very honest one, and maybe a breakthrough and a new era for this part of the population. We just need more courage and far less hypocrisy. Lady Gaga, Erykah Badu, Celine Dion, Jay-Z, Dave Chappelle have declined participation in the series, as for R. Kelly, he is, of course, planning to sue everyone involved in the documentary.