Ain’t Nobody Coming To See You: R. Kelly Deletes Tour Announcement After Social Media Declines Invitation
Either R. Kelly is living in denial or he has a publicity team that cares nothing about him because for some reason the embattled R&B star posted a message on Twitter and Instagram Tuesday, announcing an upcoming tour in Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
While the tour dates were never listed, it simply detailed his impending arrival with a “coming soon.”
But by Wednesday morning, it seemed as if Kelly’s team had a literal come to Jesus and deleted the post. Or it could’ve been because of the rightful backlash, since you know, he’s facing serious sexual assault allegations highlighted in great detail in the harrowing Lifetime documentary, Surviving R. Kelly.
Kelly has consistently denied the allegations, but the stories of women who have suffered at the hands of the singer over 25 years cannot be denied.
In 2017 a Buzzfeed article suggested Kelly was holding at least six women in Chicago and Atlanta against their will. In January after multiple calls to Chicago police reported the singer was using a loft studio as a place of residence to hide the girls, city inspectors identified a number of violations.
While Kelly has faced no jail time over the accusations, he has definitely suffered in the court of public opinion. Last week, a Philadelphia councilwoman helped pass a symbolic resolution to ban the singer from entering the city.
According to a report from BBC News, Australia may not be too far behind. After Kelly’s Tuesday announcement, local politicians of the Labour Party released a statement condemning his entry into the country.
“Labor strongly supports the refusal or cancellation of visas of non-citizens on character or criminal grounds,” the party said in a statement.
“Labor would be seriously concerned if immigration minister David Coleman would allow an individual such as R. Kelly into Australia,” said Shayne Neumann the Australian shadow minister for immigration and border protection, in a statement obtained by The Guardian. According to the outlet, Kelly also has two shows scheduled for April in Germany, while a Change.org petition has called for the concert’s cancellation.
In the past boxer Floyd Mayweather and singer Chris Brown were denied visa entry based on prior cases concerning domestic violence, BBC reports.
In America, several groups spearheaded Black women continue to call for his permanent muting. Last year multiple concerts were cancelled due to the advocacy and organization of #MuteRKelly.
Last month Sony Records released a statement noting that they would part ways with the singer, following the premiere of the documentary.