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R. Kelly responds to those past sexual assault accusations

R. Kelly responds to those past sexual assault accusations
December 18, 2013 JEREMY FEIST

R. Kelly

I have no idea why R. Kelly is so popular, as “Ignition” was only a so-so song, the Trapped in the Closet series was stupid, and oh yeah, he was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl and everyone just pretended that it never happened. Well, yesterday the Village Voice devoted a huge write-up to the number of statutory rape allegations against him and the fact that everyone was perfectly willing to overlook them, so of course, here’s R. Kelly telling everyone trying to hold him accountable to zip it.

“Well I feel like I got the football, man, I’m running towards the touchdown and stopping and looking back, mess around, I’ll get tackled,” he said. “And I also want my fans and everybody out there to know that I really appreciate everybody’s support from the very beginning of my career. But as you know, when you get on top of anything, it’s very windy up there.”

“It’s not just about getting on top, it’s about holding your balance once you get up there…You have to be spiritually a climber. So I feel good about Black Panties … as long as I got my fans screaming my name around the world and buying my records, and supporting R. Kelly, everybody who doesn’t agree with it should listen to the last song on Black Panties [“Shut Up”].” SOURCE

Of course, this is the big problem with “hater” culture: Nothing is ever a famous person’s fault! It’s just the haters trying to bring them down! It doesn’t matter if you have a history of alleged predatory behavior because you’re rich and famous, and you have fans to support you, and everyone else is just trying to bring you own. Never let anyone hold you accountable for your actions, especially they involve the sexual abuse of minors! And that’s why we suck.

Jeremy Feist is an (ahem) entertainer from Toronto, Canada. He writes, acts, and performs on stage, and has been a writer for Popbytes for almost three years now. He lives in Toronto with his boyfriend, his incredibly dumb but cute puppy, and his immortal cat.