If you’ve logged onto social media at all over the weekend, you’ve definitely come across the hashtags #SurvivingRKelly and #MuteRKelly. Lifetime released its six-part docu-series Surviving R. Kelly, which "revealed" very disturbing allegations of abuse, predatory behavior and pedophilia about the R&B legend the internet has since deemed canceled.
We use the word “revealed” loosely because in 2002, R. Kelly was charged with 21 counts of child pornography for a videotape that allegedly showed him having sex with an unidentified underage girl, but he was acquitted. The world seemingly moved on despite some survivors and their parents coming forward. Just last month his name was a top contender for Jacquees’ King of R&B debate, but the series has unleashed an internet frenzy that cannot be ignored. And now, instead, we’re all asking the serious question, "Do Black girls' lives matter?"
See some of the thought-provoking reactions from women who stan for the #MuteRKelly movement:
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