R. Kelly’s days as one of the reigning kings in R&B are truly coming to an end. Since Lifetime aired their three-part docu-series Surviving R. Kelly, he has been cancelled by not only his fans, but his record label, RCA Records, who dropped him earlier this month. Now, a Philadelphia councilwoman is hoping to keep the Chicago singer from performing in the city of brotherly love.
Councilwoman Helen Gym has introduced a resolution to City Council that will deny Kelly “a public platform” to promote his career in their city. The resolution doesn’t ban Kelly from the city completely, but it does make it clear that he is not welcome there to perform.
“The resolution is about not accepting,” Gym told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It’s about being clear that we will not accept a future where rape is accepted, and rapists and sexual predators get away with their acts. I believe that R. Kelly and predators like him should be shamed and banished from the public sphere.”
Gym and other councilwomen Blondell Reynolds Brown, and Cherelle L. Parker are the driving force behind this resolution,establishing that they stand with the women of the #MuteRKelly movement as well.
“We are uplifting the voices of organizers,” Gym added “We’re calling and demanding justice, and Philadelphia is going to add our voice to that national call … We’re not going to turn a blind eye to pain and we will not allow the silencing of black women in favor of powerful men.”
The resolution will be voted on next week.