What Is It Going To Take For Us To Fully Cancel R. Kelly?
"... each time we decide to liven up the family cookout by playing 'Step in the Name of Love,' we are giving a pass to predatory sexual misconduct."
In an effort to castigate R. Kelly for his transgressions, the #MuteRKelly movement, a branch of the Time's Up campaign, pushed for industry bigwigs to sever ties with the R&B singer. As a result, Spotify agreed to remove Kelly's music from all of it's playlists, with Apple Music and Pandora following suit. However, the removal of his music did little to affect his music streams. In fact, according to an article published by Fortune, R. Kelly's Spotify streams are actually higher than they were prior to the music removal. This signifies a larger issue. It seems as if the musician is actually being rewarded for sexual misconduct, with fans adding more money to his bank account in spite of recent allegations.
Increased music streams are undoubtably cushioning R. Kelly's pockets, they have also done a number on his ego. A recent video surfaced of Kelly boastfully raving about "40 billion mother-----s" that still love him. In an ever-so braggadocios manner, he then proceed to exclaim that "it's too late" and "they should've did this s--t 30 years ago." However, he may have a point. R. Kelly has enjoyed a career spanning over three decades, with numerous allegations of him engaging in statutory rape with countless young girls, nevertheless, he has yet to be subjected to any grave consequences. When faced with criminal charges, R. Kelly simply goes to the studio, records a gospel-tinged track and his songs proceed to work their way up the Billboard charts.
The level of bravado that R. Kelly displays is indicative of a sexual deviant that has zero-intentions of correcting his behavior unless prompted to do so. Yes, R. Kelly is a brilliant musician and songwriter whose music holds the ability to induce random time-traveling episodes down memory lane. However, each time we decide to liven up the family cookout by playing "Step in the Name of Love," we are giving a pass to predatory sexual misconduct.