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'This Is What Lynching Looked Like:' Ava DuVernay Tells R. Kelly, Kanye West To Stop Comparing Their Reckonings To Racial Terrorism

"Evoking racial terrorism and murder for personal gain/blame is stratospheric in is audacity and ignorance," she wrote.

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Ava DuVernay has no intention of sitting idly by as Kanye West and R. Kelly compare their self-induced reckonings to lynchings. 

In a Twitter post Wednesday evening, the acclaimed director and producer lambasted the two musicians, who have both been focal points of recent controversies, for saying the public's insistence that they be held accountable is comparable to the form of racial terrorism. 

On Tuesday, West found himself canceled once and for all by fans after an interview with TMZ. The erratic musician suggested slavery was a choice while ignoring the many attempts of our ancestors to liberate themselves from the egregiousness of their enslavement. In addition to sparking the #IfSlaveryWasAChoice hashtag that hilariously ridiculed West's painfully evident oblivion, a number of celebs have shared their disdain for the musician. 

Prior to Kanye's ludicrous commentary, R. Kelly said the #MuteRKelly campaign -- which a number of celebs including DuVernay announced they'd be joining on Monday -- to have the pied piper's music removed from Apple and Spotify along with other forms of cancellation, was a form of public lynching

Understandably, the references didn't sit well with DuVernay. 

"I’ve had it with @KanyeWest + @RKelly using the imagery of lynching as rebuttals re: their dastardly behavior," DuVernay wrote on Wednesday. "Evoking racial terrorism and murder for personal gain/blame is stratospheric in is audacity and ignorance. This is what lynching looked like. How dare they?"



In the aforementioned post and the ones that followed, DuVernay included pictures of memorials of actual lynchings. 

"Shame on you, @kanyewest + @rkelly," she continued. "If you want to have a REAL conversation about lynching, get at me. Until then, have some respect and dignity for the dead. The murdered. You’ve gone beyond embarrassing yourselves. You’re both in territory that you don’t REALLY want to be in."



She then provided stats of how painfully ubiquitous racial terrorism was/is for black Americans. 

"According to @MemPeaceJustice, more than 4,000 black men, women and children were hung/lynched between 1877 and 1950. @kanyewest + @rkelly are using their heinous murders in tweets and press statements," she continued. "Using our ancestors’ pain as punchlines."


On Thursday, Deadline reported Camille Cosby, the wife of Bill Cosby who was recently convicted of three counts of sexual assault, said her husband's retribution was a result of "mob justice." 


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