In the aftermath of the #MeToo Movement, after decades of eluding sexual misconduct allegations, it’s looking like what’s left of the career of R. Kelly - the self-proclaimed “Pied Piper of R&B” - has finally come crashing down.
The #MuteRKelly campaign reached a fever pitch on Monday when women of color from within the Time’s Up movement officially joined the fray. In a blistering op-ed for The Root, they not only came for him, but also the multi-million dollar corporations and business entities that condone and remain complicit in his behavior.
Spearheaded by co-founders Kenyette Barnes and Oronike Odeleye, the #MuteRKelly campaign was launched to bring his 25-year reign of abuse, exploitation, and the suppression of women to an abrupt end. Since its inception, it’s derailed his career by having a direct hand in at least 10 of his concerts (and counting) being cancelled.
Initially, big name support behind this movement was scarce. In recent days, household names such as musician John Legend, television producer Shonda Rhimes, and filmmaker Ava DuVernay have publicly pledged their allegiance to the cause.
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