#MuteRKelly: Twitter Aims to End Singer’s Career

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 30: R. Kelly performs onstage during R. Kelly, New Edition and The Jacksons at the 2013 BET Experience at Staples Center on June 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for BET)

The #MeToo movement was spawned over a decade ago, re-emerging last year after several Hollywood honchos were exposed for various levels of sexual misconduct, from harassment to rape. Men including Russell Simmons and Kevin Spacey have been called out for their alleged indiscretions, while one artist seems to be doing just fine, even while sharing a similarly shady past.

A new social media hashtag, #MuteRKelly, has been created to call out the Pied Piper himself in an effort to end Kelly’s career after several years of allegations being brought against him from young women and their parents.


Oronike Odeleye, the Atlanta-based managing director of the Creative Currents Artist Collaborative, started the hashtag as a branch off of the #MeToo tree, hoping to eventually have the songwriter prosecuted for his alleged abuse, according to The Grio.

“I have been hearing about R. Kelly’s sexual abuse of young black women since I was in my teens. Every few years more women come out with their stories. More images and videos surface and more black girls are scarred for life just as they are coming into their womanhood and sexuality,” Odeleye shared with the site.

“There is a pariah in our community that we all know about, yet we all have continued to stand by and do nothing. We continue to dance to his music in the club, play it at our family reunions, celebrate to it at our weddings.”


“Someone had to stand up for Black women, and if I wasn’t willing to do my part—no matter how small—then I couldn’t continue to complain. It’s time for us to end this man’s career. Enough is beyond enough.”

So far, the #MuteRKelly movement has already had an impact, resulting in the cancellation of concerts in Baton Rouge, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Oklahoma City.

Check out a few supporters of #MuteRKelly below.

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