Erykah Badu Claims She Was Never Asked To Appear In 'Surviving R. Kelly,' But Producer dream hampton Says Otherwise
A she said, she said situation.
Erykah Badu and Surviving R. Kelly producer dream hampton argued on Twitter after the “Bag Lady” singer claimed she was never contacted about appearing in the documentary.
It all started when Badu tweeted she doesn’t know R. Kelly and never received an invitation to speak in the documentary.
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That’s not true. I’ve never worked with him, don’t know him personally , and was never asked to be a part of the documentary. https://t.co/nRajs33Hjy— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) January 22, 2019
hampton wasn’t having it. She told Badu the production team reached out to her because of glowing statements Badu made about the “Feelin’ on Yo Booty” singer during the 2015 Soul Train Awards.
I asked Producer T. Farris to contact @fatbellybella to be in doc because I wanted clarity on two things: 1) a quote attributed to her, "No one has done more for Black people than R. Kelly" & 2) what she was thinking when she called him her "brother" at Soul Train Awards. https://t.co/yYBvP8bBIj— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) January 22, 2019
During the ceremony, Badu introduced Kelly as her brother and asserted he “has done more for Black people than anyone,” The Daily Beast notes.
Badu stuck to mama’s guns and demanded an apology from hampton. The producer refused.
No ma’am. I WAS NOT EVER contacted by anyone to be in documentary.@dreamhampton You know that’s not true. I wasn’t a necessary component. You had all the right people, the ones close to the situation...But for now, produce this “producer’s” request or... APOLOGIZE. It’s simple. https://t.co/cgBcpPePMI— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) January 23, 2019
Apologize? Are you kidding? Again, you PUBLICLY said he did more for black people than anyone? If you want to apologize for that, fine, apology accepted, on behalf of Harriet and the whole crew. What you meant by calling him your brother from the stage, I’ll never know.. https://t.co/Zc2M0gaYdj— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) January 23, 2019
And no, I’m not producing Tina Farris’s texts to you.— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) January 23, 2019
That is correct . But the introduction was a line from a DOLEMITE - Rudy Ray Moore film from the 70’s. It was a joke written in to the script not necessarily for Kelley. The line was— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) January 22, 2019
“ HE HAVE DONE MORE FA THE BLAX THAN ANYONE. “ was said with and in humor. Watch it again.
Badu has had one hell of a week thanks to comments she's made about Kelly. Last weekend, she was booed during a concert when she urged the crowd to lay off Kelly, Blavity reported.
She later clarified her position on Twitter and insisted she did not agree with his transgressions.
I love you. Unconditionally.— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) January 21, 2019
That doesn’t mean I support your poor choices.
I want healing for you and anyone you have hurt as a result of you being hurt. Is that strange to you ?
That’s all I’ve ever said. Anything else has been fabricated or taken out of context. - eb
“I love you. Unconditionally. That doesn’t mean I support your poor choices,” she wrote. “I want healing for you and anyone you have hurt as a result of you being hurt. Is that strange to you? That’s all I’ve ever said. Anything else has been fabricated or taken out of context.”
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