Taraji P. Henson Speaks Out After Seemingly Criticizing The #MuteRKelly Movement On Instagram

Another auntie bites the dust.

Photo Credit: BlacPire/Twitter and R.Kelly/Instagram

| January 24 2019,

10:59 pm

Update (January 23, 2019): Taraji P. Henson took to Twitter to explain her position on R. Kelly after she was dragged for seeming to compare the #MuteRKelly movement to the movement opposing Harvey Weinstein.

Henson deleted an Instagram story showing her searching for Kelly and Weinstein hashtags after #MuteRKelly supporters heavily criticized her. The actress also condemned Kelly’s actions on Twitter.





"LET ME BE CLEAR R. KELLY IS GUILTY AND WRONG AND SHOULD BE MUTED PERIOD!!!!!" she wrote on Tuesday. Henson did not clarify why she filmed herself searching for the hashtags.

Original: Taraji P. Henson is the latest celebrity to risk her reputation by seemingly defending R. Kelly.

Henson used her Instagram story to advocate for the “Seems Like You’re Ready” singer by comparing search results for Kelly to those for movie exec Harvey Weinstein, who is also accused of sexual assault.

The What Men Want star silently searched for #muterkelly, which produced thousands of hits including 33.3K on the hashtag itself. She scrolled through the results for a few seconds before she typed in #muteweinstein, which only had one.

She then decided to search for #muteharveyweinstein’s whole name and got 29 listings. She ended the post with “hmmm” followed by a thinking emoji.

The post is still in her Instagram story, but in anticipation of a deletion, Twitter user and real MVP Bri caught the slides on screen record.


Henson is being dragged on Twitter as we type.




While R. Kelly is lurking the streets, Weinstein is awaiting a criminal trial for sexually assaulting two women. Additionally, he lost a motion to prevent 10 women from filing a class-action lawsuit against him, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Weinstein is also searching for new representation after parting ways with defense lawyer Benjamin Brafman on January 17, according to New York Daily News.

Additionally, 201 men have lost their jobs since allegations against Weinstein propelled the #metoo movement in 2017, reports The New York Times. Forty-three percent of their replacements were women.

R. Kelly isn’t the only one being muted, Taraji.


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