As fans weighed in on who should be canceled, alongside Robert Kelly, throughout the airing of Lifetime’s eye-opening docu-series, Surviving R. Kelly, celebrities from all calibers provided their two cents while the internet rallied against those remaining silent. After so many declined to speak, fans sought out artists who’ve formerly worked with the disgraced Chicago singer or have supported him in other ways.
During the early stages of #MuteRKelly, the activists behind the movement initially urged radio stations to stop playing Robert’s greatest hits. After push-back, it was suggested that they go after streaming platforms. To show their solidarity, Spotify removed the 51-year-old’s music from their playlists, stating that while his music will still be available for streaming, Spotify won’t actively market it. “We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, but we want our editorial decisions -- what we choose to program -- to reflect our values. When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator,” the platform told Billboard.
However, West Coast icon Kendrick Lamar campaigned against it and even threatened to remove his music from Spotify. Eventually, the streaming service backed down.
One editor wrote, "There is complicit silence (shout out to Questlove) and then there is active endorsement."
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