R&B Singer Neyo Dragged After Revealing He Still Listens To R. Kelly, Despite ‘Muting’ Him In 2019
#MuteRkelly is a powerful movement kicked off in 2017 with the goal of bringing awareness to the disgraced singer’s actions. Kelly. For years, the star continued to be praised for his incredible music while accusations fell on deaf ears. In hopes of hitting Kelly where it hurts, a grassroots movement began urging people to stop listening to his music.
Atlanta Arts Administrator Oronike Odeleye kicked it off, starting a petition to get R. Kelly’s music removed from Atlanta radio. Odeleye was sick of the constant stories coming out and people continuing to defend R. Kelly because they enjoyed his music.
Odeleye eventually got support from high-profile places, including several streaming apps and artists. The movement was enough catalyst to get more women to come forward, resulting in Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly documentary. This led to his eventual arrest. Let’s take a look at some of the artists that came forward to support Odeleye and the victims of R. Kelly.
John Legend was one of the first to throw his support behind #MuteRKelly and the Surviving R. Kelly documentary. The EGOT winner was featured in the special and spoke out against people remaining silent in light of all the allegations. At the time, Legend was one of the few standing up and told fans on Twitter he did not care, because supporting the survivors was way more important to him. “To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn’t feel risky at all. I believe these women and don’t [care about him]. Easy decision.”
R&B star Tank is one of the few people whose songwriting catalog rivals that of R. Kelly. Tank has no qualms admitting how much R. Kelly has inspired him and took to IG in 2019 to acknowledge how much of an influence R. Kelly has had on his career. In his post, Tank reminds fans that is ok to reflect on R. Kelly’s influence, and music, and legacy. However, he feels that trying to separate R. Kelly’s music from his allegations is a huge mistake. Tank says that as a father of 3 daughters, he cannot allow himself to think about it any other way. He also called out the promoters, record labels, handlers, managers, and radio stations involved in keeping R. Kelly safe to do his dirt in plain sight so they could all benefit.
Props to Tank and Neyo for speaking out against R. Kelly pic.twitter.com/gAhNsdFJeA
— 𝑰 𝑳𝒖𝒉 𝑮𝒐𝒅 ✨ (@aVeryRichBish) January 6, 2019
Lady Gaga has spoken in great length throughout her career about how abuse has completely changed her life. The singer has suffered from severe PTSD and body discomfort in connection to the incident. So fans were incredibly confused to find out she featured R. Kelly on her single “Do What You Want (With My Body)” from her 2013 album ArtPop. At the time of its release, Gaga defended R. Kelly, saying, “R Kelly and I have sometimes had very untrue things written about us, so in a way, this was a bond between us.”
She was also approached to talk in the R. Kelly documentary but reportedly declined. Gaga says she felt “defiant” and was “in a dark place” when she made the record. She believes she had yet to unpack her own traumas, and the song and collaboration were a result of it. She later said she believed the women in the documentary 1000% and stood by them, opting to remove the song from all streaming platforms and replaced his verse with one from Christina Aguilera.
They should replace the R. Kelly duet of Do What U Want with the Christina Aguilera version. That still snaps! "What U Want, Legentina!"
— Gaga Daily (@gagadaily) January 10, 2019
Much like Lady Gaga, it appears R&B singer Ne-Yo also had a lapse in judgment but in the opposite way. The “So Sick” star stood by the victims during the height of the #MuteRKelly movement. Like Tank, Ne-Yo cited having a daughter as his reasoning for standing against Kelly. In his IG post, he said “music is important,” but protecting his daughter and other black girls was more important. He ended the caption with #IHaveADaughter #TF!?? #MUTERKELLY.
Perhaps Ne-Yo was just trying to be politically correct at the time because in a recent interview while promoting his new album, he revealed that he actually still enjoys R. Kelly’s music very much and thinks that it can be enjoyed without being a supporter of the Pied Piper. “I have always been a person that can separate the artist from the art. I don’t [care] about your personal life, I don’t [care] about what you’ve done wrong or what you’ve done right.”Fans online were immediately confused at why Ne-Yo chose to change his stance, especially after R. Kelly had already been convicted.
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