#MuteRKelly: This AIN’T POLITICS.
Yes, R Kelly was not criminally charged. Yes, Hugh Hefner had the Playboy Mansion. Yes. J. Savage is an adult. Yes. Chairman Eaves asked Live Nation to cancel the concert and for DA Howard to investigate the file from the Johns Creek Police.
And how does any of this erase the putrid history of a man who’s used his power and influence to prey on vulnerable Black girls and young women FOR OVER 2 DECADES? Or the money given to him by indifferent fans, which gives him the capital to buy himself out of accountability?
Off the rip: This is NOT a political stunt for a Mayoral race. Especially when all of the candidates who I have spoken with about this, support our mission. This is about a county leader using his position to take a stance against those who used their power and influence to prey on our vulnerable young girls. And unfortunately, R Kelly’s habitually messy ass just happened to fall under the guillotine.
Don’t blame Eaves; blame R Kelly for his inability to live his life absent consistent accusations of sexually predatory behavior against underage and young Black women. This isn’t about ONE INCIDENT: Yet, the INTERSECTION of R. Kelly’s HABITUAL predatory behavior AND the epidemic of sexual exploitation and trafficking of our young women. Chairman Eaves listened to, and responded to the ask from #MuteRKelly, and constituents. You wanna point the finger? Point it at us. WE ASKED Chairman Eaves to send the letter to Live Nation. And as a leader and FATHER, he complied.
ATLANTA HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST RATES OF UNDERAGE SEX TRAFFICKING IN THE NATION. Why don’t we address that?!
The Ryan Show’s hosts, on V-103 FM recently gave some rather colorful commentary on Chairman Eaves’ decision to request the concert cancelled, and investigation of the Johns Creek PD. And and of course, it HAD TO BE POLITICAL. Because: Well, that conclusion is easy. It’s easier to spin sycophantic, sophomoric logic, of a purportedly opportunistic Mayoral candidate, than to accept that you might be peddling the music of an artist who’s behavior is potentially predatory at best; questionable, at least. Now I will admit, Ryan Cameron stated that “if he’s found guilty….” Nice. But, I also recall Mr. Cameron having very sharp (and justified)commentary about the “This is another Emmett Till” in the George Zimmerman acquittal. In no way am I suggesting that the murder of an unarmed young man reaches the gravity of this situation. Yet, that we tend to want to wait on and trust the legal system in one vein and dismiss it in another. Consistency, gentlemen, that’s all I’m saying. Just as the history of White people not being punished for killing Black people mitigates your (and OUR) anger over the Zimmerman case, likewise the history of sexual crimes against Black women and girls going unpunished angers us. You can listen to the “commentary” here @2:21:
Futhermore, and with zero fucks to give:
I DON’T GAF IF YOU BOUGHT A TICKET TO THE CONCERT. IF LIVE NATION DOESN’T CANCEL, WE WILL PROTEST.
It might be 2 of us, 100 of us or 1000 of us. I don’t care.
But, understand this, the banal attempts to pivot this as some political stunt, or parse the legality of the accusations mean NOTHING.
If folks want those of us who are DONE with hero worship of someone with this type of past (despite his ability to hire lawyers to get him out) to shut up….
And since WHEN have Black folks been so confident in the judicial process? I’ve never seen so many “trust the legal process” naysayers — who so quick to wanna drag the branches of government down a dirt road at night, when someone gets acquitted for some ill shit they don’t like- in my life!
You all can continue to cape.
We will continue to #MuteRKelly