Ava DuVernay, Shonda Rhimes & Others Stand Behind #MuteRKelly
R. Kelly’s 2018 is shaping up to be a really rough one for him.
First, he’s been accused of keeping women as “pets,” and still being intimate with minors in a documentary released by BBC.
Next, Tom Joyner proclaimed his syndicated radio show will no longer play his music or invite him to perform. Now, he has the #TimesUp movement ramping up their protests of him, his music and shows.
Even major African-American female celebs are joining the protests and are calling for his label and streaming platforms to remove his music for listening.
This morning, an open letter was issued to African-American women from the #TimesUp movement. The Women of Color within the Time’s Up Movement are throwing their weight behind the #MuteRKelly protests, started by Tarana Burke.
WITHIN THE LETTER, THEY ACCUSED R. KELLY OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Married a girl under 18 years of age;
- Was sued by at least four women for sexual misconduct, statutory rape, aggravated assault, unlawful restraint and furnishing illegal drugs to a minor;
- Was indicted on 21 counts of child pornography;
- Has faced allegations of sexual abuse and imprisonment of women under threats of violence and familial harm;
THEY ALSO ISSUED DEMANDS TO THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES DOING BUSINESS WITH R. KELLY:
- RCA Records: the venerable music label currently produces and distributes R. Kelly’s music;
- Ticketmaster: the popular ticketing system is currently issuing tickets for R. Kelly’s show May 11;
- Spotify and Apple Music: the popular streaming platforms currently monetizing R. Kelly’s music;
- Greensboro Coliseum Complex: the North Carolina venue is currently hosting an R. Kelly concert May 11.
Lastly, major black women in Hollywood and the Time’s Up movement are standing behind the open letter. This includes the directors and producers Ava DuVernay and Shonda Rhimes. John Legend also tweeted his support for the movement.
- Credits to: www.urbanbellemag.com