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Tarana Burke, Talib Kweli & Others React to R. Kelly’s ‘I Admit’

Tarana Burke, Talib Kweli & Others React to R. Kelly’s ‘I Admit’

R. Kelly, Spotify

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.

Tarana Burke

Talib Kweli

Robin Thede

Claude Kelly

Bevy Smith

Travon Free

Joshua DuBois

Luvvie Ajayi

Roxane Gay

Bishop Talbert Swan

Ijeoma Oluo

Regina King

Ava DuVernay

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