The Music Industry Speaks Out: Tank, Omarion, Ne-Yo Take Loud Stance Against R. Kelly

by Krystal Franklin

January 7, 2019

Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images, Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for FYI Brand Communications and Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images For 102.7 KIIS FM’s Wango Tango

What we’re sure was ratings gold for Lifetime over the weekend, Surviving R. Kelly has seen an unlikely turn of support with the #MuteRKelly movement. Decades-old accusations (including a sex cult, herpes and more) against the singer are nothing new, but it seems as if the documentary was the last straw for many in the music industry — namely and surprisingly men. Just as soon as the three-night, six-hour event ended Tank and Ne-Yo took to social media to join the campaign, speaking boldly against the man they were all inspired by.

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I lot of artists, song writers, producers, record execs, etc are very confused as to how to respond to what they’ve seen and heard. We’ve all been inspired by this man. We’ve all been witnesses to his musical genius. We have shaped and molded talent we sign after his musical image. We’ve invested so much of ourselves into this man that it’s hard for us to let go. I no longer have that issue. I whole heartedly apologize for not coming to this realization sooner. I CANOT separate the music from the monster! My 3 black daughters won’t let me. What hurts even more are the facilitators around him. His team, his record company, the promoters, the radio stations! There has to be a line drawn. Enough has to be enough at some point. Who are we saying is worth protecting if we let this continue? I choose the lives of these young black girls! I’m sick to my stomach! Let me also say this! There are more men guilty of these crimes! Lets make sure none of them slip through the cracks every again! You are no king because kings don’t treat queens like this! #RnBMoney #TheGeneral

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Additionally, Omarion, who is heading on tour with the rest of the members of B2K in March, spoke out and took a move from Tom Joyner, making him the first artist to publicly vow to never sing the songs Kelly famously wrote for the group again.

Look at black men standing up for black women! And while it truly may be hard to actually mute R. Kelly, the support from people that look like our fathers, uncles, brothers and sons is appreciated.

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