Spotify recently made major headlines when the company announced it removed R. Kelly's music catalogue from its playlists. As the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have gained traction, so has the much-too-long-buried culpability of the serious R. Kelly allegations. The women behind #TimesUp recently embraced the #MuteRKelly campaign, catapulting the issue into mainstream culture.
What was once an issue causing black girls to feel forgotten was now all over every mainstream platform. Finally.
If you're a fan of Aaron McGruder's acclaimed TV series The Boondocks, you know that it never shied away from controversial commentary, so much in a way that many believed the series to be ahead of its time. And the topic of R. Kelly was no exception.
In 2005, The Boondocks aired an episode entitled, "The Trial of Robert Kelly."
The episode touched on the phenomenon that has been seeping into our culture for years, culminating in a climax featuring the famously socially-aware Huey Freeman giving a speech that promptly called out everyone in the room -- including its R. Kelly fan viewers.
In the climactic scene, Kelly is standing trial and his music starts playing, prompting the entire courtroom to start dancing to his hits. Huey is rightfully fed all the way up and decides to let them have it!
After screaming, "What the hell is wrong with y'all?!" Huey broke it all the way down.
"Yes, the government conspires to put a lot of innocent black men in jail on fallacious charges, but R. Kelly is not one of those men!" the mini militant exclaimed.
He noted that it's apparent Kelly "can sing" but asked the crowd if they still had "standards" and "bare minimums," imploring them to stop labeling Kelly a "hero."
"You wanna help R. Kelly?! Then, get some counseling for R. Kelly!" Huey noted. "Introduce him to some older women!"