#MuteRKelly: Singer Banned From Two Popular North Carolina Radio Stations
The saga of R. Kelly continues on as the R&B singer faces censure from two radio stations in North Carolina.
According to Page Six, Kelly was banned from WOSF-FM and WBAV-FM, which are both based in Charlotte.
WOSF-FM’s operations manager Jeff Anderson told WBTV that he believed it was time to stop playing the singer’s songs based on the serious sexual abuse allegations highlighted in the January 2018 documentary, Surviving R. Kelly.
“I believe especially the female community,” Anderson said. “They are up in arms. They don’t really want that support there. They expect that we would be a community leader. We are here to serve the community first and foremost – be a voice,” Anderson continued.
Kelly’s troubles have only accumulated since the airing of the Lifetime documentary, which profiled the stories of several women who say they suffered extensive sexual, mental and physical abuse at the hands of the singer, including his estranged ex-wife, Andrea Kelly.
The documentary, produced by respected writer and activist dream hampton, has continued to serve as a monumental moment in the ongoing conversation regarding Black women who are survivors of sexual assault and abuse. Kelly has denied all of the allegations against him.
The announcement follows the lead of two Dallas, Texas, stations who dropped Kelly from their rotation in early January, directly following the Surviving R. Kelly documentary.
Kelly also faces the beginnings of a global ban, after several Australian lawmakers voiced they plan to stop the singer from entering the country if he ever plans to tour there, due to the harrowing allegations.