If you're an alcoholic, you try to stay out of the bar. If you're a sex addict, it's probably best to keep away from the strip club. And if you're R. Kelly, it might make sense to steer clear of participating in children's parades … right? Someone didn't get that message to Robert Kelly, and the R&B singer—who beat the rap more than once on child pornography charges—recently served as Grand Marshall for the Bud Billiken youth parade in Chicago.
Many parents in the audience didn't take kindly to Kel's participation, booing and jeering at the hometown superstar. “It doesn’t seem right,” one mom told the Chicago Sun-Times. “I don’t think I’d have picked him.”
But other adults in attendance were more supportive of the controversial singer. “You’re still my baby, no matter what you did!” yelled one fan.
Kelly may be innocent until proven guilty, but whomever thought it was a good idea to make someone indicted on nearly forty counts of sex with minors and child pornography the grand marshall of a children's parade may not have a job anymore.
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