Riding on the crest of #MeToo, a new campaign is trying to push R. Kelly out of the music industry; the rapper, lest we forget, has been accused of a litany of sexual offenses, including child pornography and, more recently, confining young women in his home against their will. But the #MuteRKelly campaign has drawn the ire of talk-show host Wendy Williams, who defended Kelly and derided the #MeToo movement on a recent episode of The Wendy Williams Show.
As The Cut reports, Williams opined last week that the pushback against Kelly is “not gonna work. Black people aren’t really good at protesting. Not since the King march.” She did concede, however, that #MuteRkelly had led to the cancellation of eight of his concerts.
Williams also brought up R. Kelly’s relationship with the late singer Aaliyah, who married Kelly when she was just 15 years old. “Her parents voluntarily let her do it,” Williams said – a statement that, as BuzzFeed News notes, is likely false; Aaliyah’s family was reportedly “furious” about the union. The singer died in 2001 at the age of 22.
But Williams wasn’t finished. She also defended R. Kelly’s infamous sex tape, in which he urinates on an underage girl. “That little girl, I saw with my own eyeballs, that he urinated on and had his way with … She let it go down,” Williams said, according to BuzzFeed News.
Later in the show, she railed against the #MeToo movement, saying she’s “sick of” it. “I love that people are speaking up for the first time and coming out,” Williams explained, “but I look at all men like you’re a ‘me too,’ all of em, all of em, which is not fair.”
Unsurprisingly, Williams’ comments were swiftly condemned on social media. “Wendy Williams defense of R Kelly on her morning show is the same argument used by Roy Moore supporters,” one Twitter user wrote, for example. “Disgusting; blaming 15 year old children for being attacked by a sexual predator.”
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