I personally find the whole thing very suspicious, Lady Gaga re-recorded a new version of her song ‘Do What U Want’ with Christina Aguilera, which dropped on New Year’s Eve… her first version was of course featuring R. Kelly, and you probably remember their performance during the episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Gaga back in November and during the American Music Awards. This was racy, trashy and not even sexy. But I am bias, I despise Kelly, however this second recording is without any doubt a way for the pop diva to distance herself from R Kelly the sex offender…. What? Didn’t anybody warn her before? Was Gaga taken to her own game to push the sex-envelope a bit too far?
Honestly, this isn’t even a good song, it’s ultra generic bad disco, which would not even be on the best of the 80s, and the 80s were pretty bad. Sure, the song is about sex and this will always sell, but how could Gaga ignore that R Kelly was err… a sex monster, a sexual predator with a really bad reputation of abusing underage girls? She knew, there’s no doubt about it, but she wanted a racy-naughty-provocative single and she went blind on purpose.
This is when the Village Voice comes in the picture, printing, on December 16th, a long article about the 15-year-old investigation by journalist Jim DeRogatis on R Kelly’s bad behavior! It is there, and it is very bad, you can read the whole thing and learn how DeRogatis broke the story and investigate it for the Chicago Sun-Times. There were many disturbing charges against Kelly, and if I were up to interview Gaga I would ask her whether she read these accusations before picking him for a collaboration! Accusations such as ‘He would go to her sophomore class and hook up with girls afterward and have sex with them. Sometimes buy them a pair of sneakers. Sometimes just letting them hang out in his presence in the recording studio. She detailed the sexual relationship that she was scarred by. It lasted about one and a half to two years, and then he dumped her and she slit her wrists, tried to kill herself. Other girls were involved. She recruited other girls. He picked up other girls and made them all have sex together. A level of specificity that was pretty disgusting.’
Of course, R. Kelly, who has been acquitted, has always claimed these stories were rumors and allegations, but it’s hard to believe when there are 2 dozens of girls telling the same thing and numerous videotapes to prove it: ‘It’s a rape that you’re watching. So we’re not talking about rock star misbehavior, which men or women can do. We’re talking about predatory behavior. Their lives were ruined. Read the lawsuits!’
It’s the eternal question of separation between the art and the artist, but I like my artists rape-accusation-free. His collaboration (and provocative dance) with Gaga looks like an endorsement of his bad behavior, especially with lyrics like ‘Do what I want with your body/Yeah, we taking these haters and we roughing ’em up/And we laying the club like we don’t give a fuck’. Gaga is well aware of this and this makes the whole thing even more disgusting,… capitalizing on the thrill that this guy is not really playing a role, is simply creepy!
The article published by Village Voice has probably something to do with this second and R-Kelly-free recording of the song,… and this is great music journalism!
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