Surviving R Kelly

19 Mar 19
Variety

How do you put music to child sexual abuse — especially if the accused predators are musical icons? That’s the challenge composers Chad Hobson and Nathan Matthew David faced as they scored HBO’s “Leaving Neverland” and Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly,” respectively. The documentaries are built around interviews with the alleged victims of Michael Jackson (two […]

19 Mar 19
Coffee and Chemo

The last 20 days have had many highs and lows, but recently, there have been way more highs. My appointments with my transplant doctor have gone well. I’ve had no complications, no fevers, no signs of infection, and my counts all look good. That doesn’t mean I can slack off with my diet and protecting […]

19 Mar 19
Justin Butts Journalism Portfolio

R. Kelly, a R&B singer was exposed to many scandals involving sexual actions with girls  under the age of 18. Terry Gross with her fresh Air podcast, decides to sit down with Dream Hampton about the situation. During the podcast, Terry Gross replays small parts of the interview, Surviving R. Kelly to share his side […]

19 Mar 19
Computer Cowgirl

In an interview with Tavis Smiley, R. Kelly reflects on how sexual abuse in his past has affected him. “It woke up my hormones a lot earlier than they were supposed to be awakened. It woke up my curiosity a lot earlier than it was supposed to be awakened,” he said. Surviving R. Kelly filmmaker […]

19 Mar 19
Archy Worldys

Wade Robson (the child in the hat) posing with his family next to Michael Jackson delivers his testimony in "Leaving Neverland". – Wade ROBSON ARCHIVE / AMOS PICTURES M6 broadcasts this Thursday at 21h the documentary Michael Jackson, Leaving Neverland in which two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, report the sexual abuse that the […]

19 Mar 19
Metro
How did joking about MJ and R Kelly allegations in the 00s effect its impact in 2019?(Picture: Getty) 2019 is the year the damning allegations levelled against Michael Jackson and R Kelly have floated back to the surface. While the nineties and noughties long plagued the superstars by poking fun at prior accusations of molestation or sexual abuse, 2019’s Leaving Neverland, which focused on abuse allegations by Wade Robson and James Safechuck, brought Jackson’s alleged past into the spotlight once more. Then, following allegations raised in Surviving R Kelly and the succeeding fall out, 10 charges have been brought against Kelly. However, it follows 20 years of ironic sketches, jokes and satirical take-downs in the media and those ruling pop culture. R Kelly is currently facing 10 charges (Picture: AP) From the South Park episode where Jackson’s allegations of child molestation constructed a whole episode (‘it’s ignorant’), to David Chappelle’s Pee On You song about Kelly. Or even the line on Macklemore’s Thrift Shop ‘smells like R Kelly’s sheets…’ – these men have long been ‘joked about’. Even in the playground children were laughing about MJ punchlines they didn’t understand. Jackson wasn’t immune to Chappelle’s gags either, after on Chappelle’s Show the comedian played a witness convinced of Jackson’s innocence for the simple reason that ‘he made Thriller’. While it’s very clearly said in jest, the sheer number of Jackson’s dedicated supporters today shows many were seemingly influenced by this thinking. Was it irresponsible then to joke about the allegations for decades and risk perpetuating that belief of innocence – or at the very least, laugh it off? ‘It’s human nature to want to put people on pedestals and it is oh so hard to knock those paragons off it,’ organisation psychologist Karen Kwong told Metro.co.uk in the wake of the most recent spate of allegations and charges against Jackson and Kelly. ‘And even the most sensible people make seemingly arbitrary decisions based on those beliefs. ‘Beliefs are very hard to shake – for they both subconsciously and overtly question people’s values. By being questioned on those, it makes it look like an attack on one’s faith and beliefs.’ It could be proffered that with the jokes comes an assertion these men are bigger than the legal system. Jackson in 2005 attending his child molestation hearing (Picture: Getty Images) Michael Jackson was faced with allegations back in the early 90s and acquitted in the 00s following a massive trial. While R Kelly was previously acquitted of child porn charges (the latest 10 charges against him in regards to sexual abuse and a separate child support claim await the day in court). The whole time they were investigated, though, their superstar shine didn’t fade – many fans remained steadfast in their belief both men were victims themselves of opportunistic wolf-criers. Jackson’s songs were taken off the radio during his trial, but he came back, while everyone continues to sing Kelly’s Ignition with wild abandon. Does the assumption these superstars are ‘un-touchable’ in the public eye – be it via jokes or their massive fandom – have a larger effect on the impact of victims’ statements? ‘We currently live in a society where there is a fine balance between the importance of raising and highlighting wrongdoings by seemingly untouchable celebrities, and pre-judging people, who might be innocent, away from the law and evidence,’ Kwong continued. ‘The recent re-scandals of R Kelly and MJ are certainly huge and worrying for any potential victims.’ While much is being done in regards to R Kelly, and nothing can be done about Michael Jackson, it could be said new allegations aren’t taken with the same level of seriousness they deserve. Does one clasp their pearls so much in 2019 when people have been talking about the rumours for 25 years? And, worse, laughing at them? This reaction to the jokes, Kwong argues, has meant potential real-world victims will find it harder to step forward. ‘Unfortunately this does mean that the hysteria has led to genuine victims, who finally feel that they might be able to come forward, being shamed and even worse, being made to feel like they are exploiting the situation,’ she said. ‘Judgement by popular rule means that fans of R Kelly or MJ may quickly dismiss any allegations as being fantasy and capitalising on the publicity. ‘It’s almost like they’re being gaslighted for speaking their truth, by a public that wasn’t there and didn’t experience what they did.’ Hannibal Buress’ bit about Bill Cosby in 2014 put in motion the actions that now sees the once–beloved entertainer in prison, convicted of aggravated sexual assault. With Jackson and Kelly, the most recent in the public eye, it could go two ways – the jokes rise back up in a few months and all is forgotten and laughed about again in the realm of pop culture. Or 2019 is a new dawn for victims and justice, feeling like they can step forward no matter how long it’s been since alleged incidents. ‘I think that from the start, society at large and services such as the police need to start taking such cases more seriously and be more effective in following up on accusations,’ said Kwong. [metro-tag-post-strip] ‘Then we might have a situation where victims feel safe talking about their harrowing experiences, in a safe and non-judgmental space. ‘And maybe, with a lot of wishful thinking, such bad behaviours will cease and we would not need to rely on the public via the media to act as judge and jury.’ [metro-fact-box id=”7022752″ title=”Got a showbiz story?” icon=”exclamation” /] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/19/leaked-tape-r-kelly-girlfriend-joycelyn-savage-contradicts-account-meeting-8940748/” title=”Leaked tape of R Kelly and girlfriend Joycelyn Savage contradicts their account of meeting”] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/19/michael-jacksons-video-director-says-believes-almost-every-word-leaving-neverland-documentary-8941358/” title=”Michael Jackson’s video director says he believes ‘almost every word’ of Leaving Neverland documentary”]
19 Mar 19
Sammy "P" Portfolio

R. Kelly, a world renown R&B singer has recently been exposed to many scandals involving sexual actions with young woman under the age of 18. The feature that aired was called “Surviving R. Kelly”, produced by Dream Hampton. Dozens of women stepped up to tell their story about the singer and to shine light on […]

19 Mar 19
SuburbanBlack.com

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18 Mar 19
Hot 107.5

R. Kelly is set to go to trial for sexual abuse but there’s more drama surrounding his past with Aaliyah. According to reports R. Kelly was having a sexual relationship with Aaliyah’s mom!! This is being alleged by a reported sexual abuse victim of R. Kelly’s. The accuser is Lisa Van Allan who appeared on […]

18 Mar 19
101.1 The Wiz

(AllHipHop News) A woman alleging R. Kelly sexually abused her when she was 16 claims she has been blocked from serving him with the lawsuit by security at his home. The embattled R&B star, who is facing 10 charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in his native Chicago, Illinois, is living in the city’s Trump Tower. […]