The neo-soulstress took a moment for the accused sexual predator and disgraced R&B singer during her concert at the Aragon Ballroom on Saturday (January 19) to share her thoughts on the industry-quaking Surviving R. Kelly docu-series. She began her statement with a disclaimer of sorts, letting everyone know early on that her sentiments would largely deviate from the majority. “I don’t know how everybody else feel about it but I’m putting up a prayer right now for [R. Kelly],” she said among a crowd of confused fans, who quickly began expressing their vexation. “I hope he sees the light of day if he’s done all those things that we’ve seen on TV and heard those ladies talk about. I hope he sees the light of day and comes forward.”
As Fat Belly Bella continued her proclamation, the agitation only grew louder, as concertgoers booed, hissed and hollered in rejection of her words of “peace and light” for the Pied Piper. A regular participant of the Twitterverse, Erykah already knew what was waiting on her once her words hit the internet too, which she announced to everyone as well. And though she’s stepped forward herself to clarify the concert commentary, the unrelenting forces of cancel culture have already done their damages.
“I just want peace and light for everybody and healing for those who are hurt because everyone involved has been hurt, victimized in some kinda way. Love for everybody.”
In fan-captured videos of the performance, several people can be heard sighing and gasping in disgust. Not that it stopped Erykah from voicing the rest of her opinion on the matter, however. “What y’all say—‘f**k it?’ That’s not love,” she continued. “That’s not unconditional love. But what if one of the people that was assaulted by R. Kelly grows up to be an offender, we gonna crucify them? I mean how do we do this? Just something to think about.”
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