Award-winning film director Ava DuVernay sparked the conversation with the hashtag, which is among the top of Twitter’s trending topics, on Monday (April 30). She connected her official announcement to another major movement recently endorsed by Hollywood and calling for an end to the previously silenced culture of sexual assault and misconduct, Time’s Up.
“We join the call to #MuteRKelly and insist on the safety + dignity of all women,” she wrote in a tweet. “We demand investigations into R. Kelly’s abuse allegations made by women of color + their families for two decades.”
DuVernay demanded that those who benefit from profitable relationships with him and his music cut ties as well, bringing others who joined her to call on Tidal, Spotify and Apple Music to remove his work from their music-streaming services. And as her call to accost the Pied Piper continues to pick up momentum in the Twitterverse’s general population, celebrities from all corners of Hollywood are following suit.
See everyone joining fists with DuVernay to #MuteRKelly below:
We join the call to #MuteRKelly and insist on the safety + dignity of all women. We demand investigations into R. Kelly’s abuse allegations made by women of color + their families for two decades. We call on those who profit from his music to cut ties. #MuteRKelly #TIMESUP #WOC pic.twitter.com/TYmDRVIH00— Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 30, 2018
We join the campaign to #MuteRKelly. We're calling on corporations to cut all ties with R. Kelly and insist on safety and dignity for women of all kinds. @RCARecords @Spotify @AppleMusic @Ticketmaster #MuteRKelly #TIMESUP #WOC pic.twitter.com/ON9EkbpumD— jurnee smollett (@jurneesmollett) April 30, 2018
YES! As I’ve said 1000x, R. Creepy has to GO. I’m not here for the discussions about “separating the man from his music.” I refuse to separate a man from his serial abuse of black women. BLACK WOMEN AND GIRLS ARE VALUABLE. #MuteRKelly #TIMESUP #WOC https://t.co/9TtfeV8DGB— Robin Thede (@robinthede) April 30, 2018
Today we join the call to #MuteRKelly and insist on safety & dignity for all women. We demand appropriate investigations and inquiries into the allegations of R. Kelly’s abuse made by women of color & their families for over two decades now. #WOC #TIMESUPhttps://t.co/CG7Y5ZmKyR— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) April 30, 2018
We join the call to #MuteRKelly and insist on the safety + dignity of all women. We demand investigations into R. Kelly’s abuse allegations made by women of color + their families for two decades. We call on those who profit from his music to cut ties. #MuteRKelly #TIMESUP #WOC https://t.co/RTco2ZeetZ— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) April 30, 2018
Already done. I remember when that infamous tape came out when I was in college and how disgusting his pathology was. It's time to advocate for our young girls who have been victimized for DECADES bc their parents/community were enamoured by his celebrity and talent. #MuteRKelly pic.twitter.com/VL2EwOwpMw— LBoogiePopWorld (@LBoogiePopWorld) April 30, 2018
YASSS! Peed on em piper is going down. He stepped in the name of love long enough. His old and new music is tired. He can't goup the public on hit music anymore. #muterkelly #timesup pic.twitter.com/ZnXAN4gGzQ— Cookie Targaryen (@Cookiebaby23) April 30, 2018
When R Kelly is finally taken down it won't be because of white women,white feminists,Black men or any men,it will be because of Black women, many who will never be named but some of us know the truth and we won't allow our sisters efforts for over 15 years be erased #MUTERKELLY— Rosa A. Clemente (@rosaclemente) April 24, 2018
You know why your show was cancelled. And you can’t ask your lawyer, publicist, or personal assistant why... because they all quit. They know, and we know, that you’re done. It’s way past time for you to be held accountable. #MuteRKelly https://t.co/W7HKpJ02KQ— April (@ReignOfApril) April 30, 2018
We are 20 years overdue for #MuteRKelly but here we are.— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) April 30, 2018
Let’s do this. Get that sexual predator off @Spotify @AppleMusic @TIDAL
There is no need to separate art and artist. The time has come to end this. pic.twitter.com/qbdd7gwVvP
R Kelly is the Weinstein/Cosby/Rose/Hastert/Lauer/Simmons of R&B. Everyone knows it. All of Chicago knows it. The entire music business knows it. But his accusers are black women & girls & America doesn't listen to black women & girls. But guess what? #TimesUp #MuteRKelly #MeToo— Emily L. Hauser (@emilylhauser) April 25, 2018
If you’re a female still defending Kelly’s actions because you “messed around with older men at a young age”. I’m sorry, hon. You were groomed by predators not “fast” like our grandmas tried to reinforce in us. #MuteRKelly— BabyImAStar (@djjoycie) April 30, 2018
R. Kelly worked with probably over one hundred artists in the industry, I have yet to see any of them speak out against him...— Jerome Trammel (@MrJeromeTrammel) April 30, 2018
He has collaborated, produced, wrote songs & etc, but NOT one person is speaking up?
Are they afraid they will be blackballed? #MuteRKelly #timesup
Dear @chancetherapper - Please use your position to speak out against sexual predator R Kelly. Please ask other artists who have collaborated with him to do the same. The women & girls of Chicago need your voice. #MuteRKelly #MeToo #TimesUp— Emily L. Hauser (@emilylhauser) April 30, 2018
#MuteRKelly When I was 14, 14 years ago, Kelly was a known predator. What message have we sent girls (specifically black girls) on how much their safety is valued? What message have we sent boys on what is and isn't acceptable? #TimesUp— Nitty (@NittyOfficial) April 30, 2018
I’m not seeing enough men in media and entertainment say #muteRKelly— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) April 30, 2018
Partly because they know muting him means they will have to mute themselves. The silence is deafening, but folk will be held accountable.
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