(AllHipHop News) For years, activists have been trying to get the public and the music business to "cancel" R. Kelly. Accusations of the veteran vocalist being involved in pedophilia, sexual abuse, mental abuse, and running a "sex cult" helped ignite the #MuteRKelly movement.
The #MuteRKelly! Care2 petition has collected over 74,000 signatures. The description on the website reads, "We urge Sony Music, RCA Records, Ticketmaster, Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, radio stations, and all other entities currently playing his music, hosting or promoting his events or doing business with R. Kelly to cut ties with him immediately."
Now that a three-night docuseries titled Surviving R. Kelly began airing on Lifetime, there are new calls for Kelly's record label to part ways with the Grammy winner. Racial justice organization Color Of Change released a statement in response to the program.
Brandi Collins-Dexter, Senior Campaign Director at Color Of Change, states:
The testimonies of survivors of R. Kelly’s sexual abuse are a chilling reminder of the deep damage the rapper has inflicted and the machine of complicity that protects him from real accountability. As details reemerge and new information is brought to light, R. Kelly’s longtime record label, RCA, has a choice: believe these women or continue to enable the abuse of Black women and girls for the sake of profit. Despite Kelly’s decades-long documented coercion and sexual manipulation of young Black women, including countless civil suits and a trial for 14 counts of child pornography, he has never faced legal or financial consequences. In fact, RCA has relished in the publicity and intentionally popularized an image of R Kelly as a palatable sex symbol, rather than the sexual predator he is. Over 27,000 Color of Change members have raised their voices demanding RCA drop R. Kelly and stop enabling sexual abuse and we will continue to do so. That’s why Color Of Change partnered with Lifetime to amplify these women’s powerful stories and help bring them justice. We believe the Black women and girls who have bravely come forward with their stories of abuse at the hands of R. Kelly. The time is long overdue for RCA to do the same and hold R. Kelly accountable by dropping him from the label.
Color Of Change board member Dream Hampton executive produced Surviving R. Kelly. Last night, the noted writer and filmmaker tweeted about the series and the women that appeared on the six-part documentary.
"Episodes 3 & 4 are about his trial and the systemic ways the criminal (in)justice system fails and re-traumatizes victims. Episodes 5 & 6 are about right now and are to me, the most important," posted Hampton.
The next two chapters of Surviving R. Kelly are scheduled to air on January 4 at 9 pm ET/PT. The final installments will debut on Saturday, January 5, at 9 pm ET/PT.