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#MeToo Founder Tarana Burke Demands DJ Stop Playing R. Kelly's Music During TV Industry Party

Burke wouldn't let the DJ play in her face.

Tarana Burke was at a party mixing and mingling with celebrities, but that did not stop her from literally muting R. Kelly.

According to Page Six, the #MeToo founder was at a TV industry party on Sunday, May 13, when the DJ began to play R. Kelly’s “Fiesta.”

“She told the DJ, ‘No R. Kelly!’ and shut it down,” according to a source. Tiffany Haddish and Lupita Nyong'o were among some of the famous faces in the party crowd. 

Burke has been a vocal supporter of the #MuteRKelly movement that popped off last year. #MuteRKelly was started by Oronike Odeleye and Kenyette Barnes to remove the singer’s music from the airwaves and hold him accountable for the numerous sexual abuse allegations leveled against him. The movement gained traction when the Time’s Up Movement released a letter expressing support of the movement and Kelly’s accusers.

In early May, R. Kelly released a statement calling the movement "attempted public lynching," and Burke wasn’t havin’ it.

"This is not a lynching," Burke responded. "You know, we are only a week out of the national monument to lynching being opened in Montgomery, Alabama, and the history, and the reality of lynching in America is so, so painful and so real. This is not a public lynching. This is a call for public accountability."

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