Taraji Catches Hell For Suggesting R. Kelly Is Being Treated Unfairly Compared To Harvey Weinstein

January 22, 2019  |  
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It’s been weeks since Surviving R. Kelly aired. But the time that’s passed has done little to reduce the hot takes that have come from regular folk to celebrities. Most saw the documentary and thought R. Kelly is a monster, has been a monster for some time and needs to be punished. Other celebrities had different opinions about all of it.

Erykah Badu wanted to let an audience in Chicago know that she loved R. Kelly. And Taraji P. Henson, via her Instagram stories, shared that while there are movements and vocalizations around R. Kelly, she’s wondering why there aren’t similar movements around other White men who have faced similar allegations of sexual harassment and assault.

She searched #MuteRKelly on Instagram and then searched #MuteHarveyWeinstein and found that the results for one, Kelly, were heavily populated and the other was sparse.

There were several problems with this. One both R. Kelly and Harvey Weinstein deserve to be punished and those two things are mutually exclusive. Furthermore, while R. Kelly is being punished in the court of public opinion and perhaps financially, Harvey Weinstein is currently on trial for rape.

We know that the justice system in this country is unfair, biased and racially unjust, but the amount of time Kelly has been able to get away with his abuses prove that the justice system prioritized his wealth and position as a man over that of the Black girls and women he allegedly raped and abused.

Just because a person is a member of our community, no matter how beloved, that membership shouldn’t absolve him or her of accountability—particularly when the people who he abused represent the most vulnerable in our community.

And that’s what Taraji’s message seemed to suggest. They can both go.

See what people on Twitter had to say about Taraji’s hot take on the following pages.

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