Yesterday, I wrote about the Village Voice article in which investigative music journalist Jim DeRogatis gave full disconcerting details about R Kelly’s sexual abuse, out-and-out rape of underaged black girls and the effect it had on many of their lives. The report was damning, to say the very least.
The same day the article was gaining traction on the internet, R Kelly stopped by Atlanta’s V103 radio station to promote his new album Black Panties. During the show, host Big Tigger, asked Kelly about the piece and, in a very metaphorical type of way, this is what he said:
“Well I feel like I got the football man, and I’m running towards the touchdown and if I stop and look back I’ll mess around and get tackled.”
He said he appreciates all the fans who have been supporting him and his music since the beginning of his career but he says it’s his responsibility for him to stay strong when stories like this come out.
“When you get on top of anything, it’s very windy. It’s about holding your balance once you get up there…Spiritually, I’m a climber.”
He ended the drama by redirecting the conversation to his current album saying:
“Long as I got my fans screaming my name, around the world, and buying my records and supporting R Kelly. Man, everybody that doesn’t agree with it can listen to the last song on Black Panties.”
The last song on the album is called “Shut Up.”
I said this yesterday and I’ll say it again. One of the biggest takeaways from that piece is that R Kelly is hurting people, causing irrevocable damage to their lives and in order for all of that to stop, the man needs to get help. So unless that’s what he meant when he said he’s a spiritual climber then that’s really not good enough.
You can listen to Kelly explain himself in the audio clip below.