After clearing up her name from revelations shared in Surviving R. Kelly, R&B singer and former R. Kelly collaborator Sparkle still has a bone to pick with some of the commentary made amid the docu-series.
Sparkle started with neo-soulstress Erykah Badu and iconic silver screen starlet Taraji P. Henson. Badu fell under fire after her remarks on stage right on Kelly’s Chicago home turf, in which she urged fans to embrace the proven sexual predator in love and prayer. Henson took a different route (to most fans’ discontent), questioning the #MuteRKelly movement in comparison to another one of Hollywood’s infamous sexual predators, Harvey Weinstein.
Sparkle disclaimed that these are both women she has nothing but love for. But according to her thoughts on the What Men Want co-stars, their contributions to the conversation around disgraced R&B singer’s controversy is problematic for a number of reasons.
"And because of people like her who are saying we need to love."
She does agree with Badu to some extent that he needs love—but it must be “tough love.” The “Be Careful” artist added that the Black community is often far too forgiving, and far too soon in cases like these, and it should sterner in urging people like Kelly to seek help.
“Why are we comparing?” Sparkle questioned. “Abuser, abuser is an abuser.” Not to mention, she added, Weinstein is already in the process of receiving his just due for his abhorrent behavior, and hopefully, Kelly will be next in line.
“It was just disheartening as a Black woman to another Black woman to do the comparison thing,” Sparkle continued. She believes rhetoric like hers and Badu’s trivializes the victims instead. Sparkle concluded that she doesn’t have a problem sacrificially raising her remote to join the #MuteRKelly movement either, even if it means removing her own collaboration with the Pied Piper.
*Cues slow clap*
Listen to her thoughts on Fat Belly Bella and Taraji’s sentiments below.
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