This past week, we reported on R.Kelly’s sexual abuse against underage black girls which was exposed (again) by journalist Jim DeRogatis. The report, which was made public by The Village Voice was, as they put it, “stomach churning” and would make even the most hardcore pied piper fan think twice about singing along to R.Kelly hits.
Once these accusations and detailed stories poured out about Kelly’s behavior, he, again for the umpteenth time, causally dismissed the news and stated he is a spiritual climber not focusing on his past. But BK (Building Knowledge) Nation of New York thinks it is time for Kelly to focus on his past, once and for all. According to their Change.org page, the organization is focused on sparking activism within the pop culture, technology and social media industries, and as such they want to shut down Kells and his music. Their petition against R. Kelly states:
We at BK NATION are calling on radio stations, video channels, music publications and websites, members of the entertainment industry, and men and women of all backgrounds to sign our petition COMPLETELY BOYCOTTING R. Kelly’s musical and artistic career until he is completely honest about who is, publicly apologizes for this behavior cited from many sources, gets extended counseling, and takes a very public stand and actions against sexual violence in any form. When you read the reports and discussions of veteran journalist Jim DeRogatis, who broke the scandal nearly 15 years ago while a writer with the Chicago Sun-Times, you get a full picture of R. Kelly as a sexual predator.
The president of BK Nation, Kevin Powell, is also asking men to create an alliance with their organization and petition because he believes if they don’t, they will send the message that sexual assault is acceptable in any form. When petitioners sign, they will be asked to state their reason for signing, which will appear alongside this standard message to R.Kelly:
R. KellyPublicly apologize, get extended counseling, and take a very public stand and actions against sexual violence in any form.
Will you sign?