Erykah Badu Explains Herself After Painting R. Kelly As A Sympathetic Character During Chicago Concert

This is not the hill to die on.

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| January 22 2019,

7:38 pm

Erykah Badu had some explaining to do after seemingly defending R. Kelly during one of her concerts.

Badu experienced swift backlash when concertgoers complained about her voicing her support for Kelly during a Saturday concert in Chicago.


"I don't know how everybody else feels about it, but I'm putting up a prayer right now for R.," Badu said in a video obtained by TMZ. "I hope he sees the light of day if he's done all those things that we've seen on TV that those ladies talk about."

Her opinion drew boos from the crowd. Instead of pivoting to another subject, the “Bag Lady” songstress stuck her foot further in her mouth.

"That's not love. That's not unconditional. But what if one of the people that was assaulted by R. Kelly grows up to be an offender? We gonna crucify them? I mean how do we do this? Just something to think about,” she continued. "Everybody involved has been hurt."

Her fans expressed their disappointment on Twitter.

She clarified her comments on her Twitter account on Sunday.


“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.”

Badu isn’t the only celeb to openly support R. Kelly and paint him as a sympathetic character.

Rapper Da Brat expressed concern for the “Ignition” crooner and scolded his accusers’ parents.



"I think he needs help, for sure," she told TMZ. "I love him. I hope he don't get mad at me. And I think the parents need to take responsibility. Where is your 14-year-old child?"

She also admitted she would not stop listening to his music.

"I might not buy it no more, but it’s already in my playlist!” she added.

Unlike Badu, Brat didn’t offer any additional commentary.


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