In the documentary, backup singers detailed sexual relations between R. Kelly and three girls under the age of 16, including 15-year-old star Aaliyah, who died in 2001 in a plane crash. The details of each of their stories are harrowing, but the overall effect is one of powerful accumulation: slight variations on an experience that becomes more and more horrifying and unassailable each time it's told. While I absolutely deny these allegations, I feel bad that I would be a source of pain for her. After a decade of stories and a court case he ultimately won, the most compelling issue is whether or not Black women are being protected.
"The quote was taken out of context", Chance wrote.
The vocal inflection in the clip also reflects Chance saying what he said in a more theoretical manner, not that he actually just doesn't believe Black women.
Others also admitted to looking away for too long. We've all been inspired by this man.
I don't think - when the dust finally settles, if there's an end to this story someday, I don't think anybody in the history, not only of popular music, but popular entertainment, has abused his position of fame for so long to hurt so many people.
I apologize to every female that had to endure the torture and mental breakdown of this nigga. I (CANNOT) separate the music from the monster! "My 3 black daughters won't let me".
"To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn't feel risky at all". When applauded online, Legend Tweeted that it was an "easy decision", as he doesn't "give a fuck about protecting a serial child rapist".
Express.co.uk has contacted R Kelly's representatives for comment about the claims.
"There is NO excuse", singer Ne-Yo posted".
Few celebrities participated in the documentary, despite the willingness of many to record with the artist in the wake of his child pornography trial.
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith responded to the report in a video on her Twitter account, saying, "How is it that R Kelly's music sales have spiked (substantially) since the release of the docuseries Surviving R Kelly? If you are a black girl, nobody's really going to listen to you". "Or is that the reason?" "It's a awful burden to have to endure". The episode included an interview with Chance the Rapper, where he said that he regretted ever collaborating with R. Kelly, as Rolling Stone points out. "The women in #SurvivingRKelly are our heroes". The best way to gut a predator or to put a stop to unchecked narcissistic behavior is to snatch away their money, because without it they can't function.