On Sunday, R. Kelly released “I Admit,” a song he hoped would clear the air surrounding allegations that he is a serial sexual abuser and his relationships with young women, his own molestation claims and his inability to read. Although some fans offered positive feedback to the 19-minute tell-all, several prominent celebrities shared their unease with the content of the song, including #MeToo founder Tarana Burke and rapper Talib Kweli.
Despite the 20 years of sexual abuse claims made against the self-proclaimed Pied Piper, it appears that many fans put aside the stories of alleged victims and continue to support his music. With the rise of the #TimesUp movement, some are using their platforms to speak out and demand corporations and fans mute R. Kelly.
Check out what some people had to say about the song below.
Yes, I have seen your emails, tweets, and texts. About all of the current *situations* particularly in the Black community. I'm on vacation this week but TRUST I have something to say. Until further notice @JamilahLemieux speaks for me.
— Tarana (@TaranaBurke) July 23, 2018
Odd for R. Kelly to make a 19-minute song when he usually avoids anything over 18 #MuteRKelly
— Robin Thede (@robinthede) July 23, 2018
#MuteRKelly I’m just glad that I have a national platform to say this because his victims voices are still not being heard! It’s a damn shame & I don’t care how “good” his music is, nothing can excuse his record of abuse! https://t.co/VfsPXFUJGN
— bevysmith (@bevysmith) July 24, 2018
If R. Kelly's 19 minute song isn't a recording of him being arrested and then a judge reading him a list of charges, he can keep it.
— Ethereal bisexual who wears mostly black (@Travon) July 24, 2018
R. Kelly is a serial abuser. Flaunted that abuse for years (the “Pied Piper”)? In what world can you molest teenagers & still get radio play? What msg does that send to daughters & sons? Sure, seek forgiveness, but in private, & with consequence. No continued platform for abuse.
— . (@joshuadubois) July 24, 2018
Folks stay on the "I KNOW R. KELLY IS TRASH BUT HE IS SO GOOD" wagon and THAT is wack AF. It's like Trump supporters being all "WE KNOW HE CAN'T READ BUT HE IS OUR PRESIDENT. RESPECT HIM."
— Luvvie is the #ProfessionalTroublemaker (@Luvvie) July 23, 2018
19 minites of admitting and @rkelly you never admitted that it WAS YOU in that VHS having sex and urinating on that little girl.
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) July 24, 2018
Do not share R Kelly's piece of trash song. Do not listen to R Kelly's piece of trash song.
Do not let him further profit from his abuse of women.
Don't say his name unless it's to call him an irredeemable piece of shit.
BTW: R Kelly is an irredeemable piece of shit.
— Ijeoma Oluo (@IjeomaOluo) July 23, 2018
— Regina King (@ReginaKing) July 23, 2018
The accuracy. https://t.co/MCD8k1bzWD
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) July 23, 2018
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.