Lady Gaga takes a robust stance in opposition to R. Kelly, apologizing for her 2013 collaboration with the beleaguered R&B singer.
In the previous week, Lifetime aired a six-part documentary on R. Kelly. Dubbed , the docuseries centered round ladies who graphically described the R&B singer’s sexual misconduct.
Following the documentary’s airing, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network’s (RAINN) sexual disaster hotline has obtained 20% extra calls.
Scott Berkowitz, RAINN’s President, defined,
“With the R. Kelly present, we have been seeing extra of us who're speaking about childhood abuse.”
Yet, his label, RCA Records, has remained notoriously silent. Amidst strain from a number of activist teams to drop the singer, the label hasn’t issued a remark.
Now, one singer has pulled a preferred collaboration with Kelly.
Lady Gaga stands as much as R. Kelly.
In a prolonged assertion, Lady Gaga confirmed she has pulled her 2013 collaboration with Kelly, ‘Do What U Want,’ from iTunes. She has additionally pulled the music from all main streaming music providers.
On Twitter, she wrote a put up titled “I stand by anybody who has ever been the sufferer of sexual assault.”
“I stand behind these ladies 1000%, imagine them, know they're struggling, and in ache and really feel strongly that their voices ought to be heard and brought critically.”
“What I'm listening to in regards to the allegations in opposition to R Kelly is completely horrifying and indefensible. As a sufferer of sexual assault myself, I made each the songs and video at a darkish time in my life, my intention was to create one thing extraordinarily defiant and provocative as a result of I used to be indignant and nonetheless hadn’t processed the trauma that had occurred in my very own life.
“The music is known as ‘Do What U Want (With My Body), I feel it’s clear how explicitly twisted my pondering was on the time.
“If I might return and have a chat with my youthful self, I’d inform her to undergo the remedy I've since then, in order that I might perceive the confused post-traumatic state that I used to be in – or if remedy was not out there to me or anybody in my state of affairs – to hunt assist, and communicate as overtly and truthfully as potential about what we’ve been by means of.
“I can’t return, however I can go ahead and proceed to help ladies, males, and other people of all sexual identities, and of all races, who're victims of sexual assault. I've demonstrated this stance on this difficulty and others many occasions all through my profession [and] share this to not make excuses for myself, however to clarify. Til it occurs to you, you don’t know the way it feels. But I do understand how I really feel now.
“I intend to take away this music off of iTunes and different streaming platforms and won't be working with him once more. I’m sorry, each for my poor judgment once I was younger, and for not talking out sooner. I really like you.”
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