#MuteRKelly: Black Women Have Started An Online Campaign To Eradicate The 'Pied Piper Of R&B' Once And For All
"It’s time for us to end this man’s career. Enough is beyond enough."
R. Kelly has been reported to have perverted tendencies for years. From his marriage to a then 15-year-old Aaliyah when he was 25, to his latest scandal of an alleged cult full of young women being held against their will, things have never been normal surrounding Kelly's romantic history. Tired of the "pied piper's" creepy ways, two black women are working hard to get him removed from the music industry.
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Oronike Odeleye of Creative Currents Artist Collaborative in Atlanta and child pornography survivor and activist Kenyette Barnes have teamed to stop the madness.
Odeleye started an online petition in July 2017 to get R. Kelly’s music off Atlanta airwaves. Black people love to step in the name of love, but at what cost?
“I have been hearing about R. Kelly’s sexual abuse of young black women since I was in my teens. Every few years more women come out with their stories. More images and videos surface. More black girls are scarred for life just as they are coming into their womanhood and sexuality,” Odeleye said in an interview with The Grio.
“There is a pariah in our community that we all know about, yet we all have continued to stand by and do nothing. We continue to dance to his music in the club, play it at our family reunions, celebrate to it at our weddings.”
Odeleye's petition caught the eye of Barnes, which brought the two together. Barnes created the #MuteRKelly hashtag that the campaign backs.
“We were outraged when we discovered that R. Kelly was scheduled to perform at a Fulton County-owned facility in Atlanta,” recounted Odeleye. “As a local government-owned venue, we were upset that Fulton County would let a well-documented sex offender profit from our tax dollars and expanded the petition to include demands that the concert be cancelled. Kenyette coined the hashtag #MuteRKelly, and a nationwide movement was born.”
Despite being unable to shut down Kelly's concert in Atlanta, the women did shut down R. Kelly shows in eight other cities to date with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The campaign will take New York next where there will be protests at FREQ nightclub on Saturday where R. Kelly is scheduled to perform.
Next, a protest organized by Black Woman’s Blueprint will take place outside of the Highline Ballroom.
PROTEST WITH YOUR FEET and say "No More Rape", "No More Sexual Abuse". Black People, Family, We Won't Take It. Black Men Won't Take It. Black Women Won't Take It. Black Girls Won't Take it! #MuteRKelly pic.twitter.com/MxlGXUMBOy— BlackWomensBlueprint (@BlackWomensBP) January 23, 2018
The main goal is to get rid of Kelly forever. Barnes and Odeleye are also taking their fight to streaming platforms like Pandora and Tidal.
If you are running around here yelling #MeToo but are out here dragging these sisters trying to #MuteRKelly, ( without realizing that both movements support each other)....— KENYETTE_ TISH! (@LegisEmpress) January 24, 2018
But you capin for a pedophile, so I don't have a whole lot of faith in your intellect.... ✌
“Someone had to stand up for Black women, and if I wasn’t willing to do my part—no matter how small—then I couldn’t continue to complain," Odeleye said. "It’s time for us to end this man’s career. Enough is beyond enough."