One of Monday’s trending topics was #MuteRKelly. An appeal letter from Women of Color Time’s Up announcing they are joining the online campaign to stop a man they consider a sexual predator. The women said in their letter,…” We call on people everywhere to join with us to insist on a world in which women of all kinds can pursue their dreams free from sexual assault, abuse and predatory behavior.”
The women of color lists among the singer’s crimes that he “married a girl under 18 years of age“, “was indicted on 21 counts of child pornography” and that he”has faced allegations of sexual abuse and imprisonment of women under threats of violence…”
The women called out Kelly’s RCA Records label, Ticketmaster and streaming services Spotify and Apple Music to pressure them to cut ties with the singer.
Other singers and celebs are joining in the chorus to mute Kelly’s career with justice.
Last week, radio jock Tom Joyner announced that his nationally syndicated morning show would no longer play Kelly’s music as part of the #MuteRKelly effort.
Kelly has denied some of the accusations in the past, but now as more celebs raise their voices with the masses, it’s hard to say if the renewed momentum will lead to a new investigation.
The women of color say they’re taking a stand on the abuses and allegations women have been making against Kelly for more than 20 years now and vow “with great vigilance and a united voice to anyone who wants to silence us; Their time is up”.
Do you think that the Cosby verdict spells the end for Kelly? Do you think that Black men accused of sexual assault and predatory crimes are treated the same as White men who have been accused? Or do you think this #MuteRKelly is unfairly targeting Kelly?
Last week’s guilty conviction against Bill Cosby on charges of sexual assault motivated the Women of Color to intensify efforts against Kelly. Yet none of them are targeting white men as they would rather take down their own men.