This post isn’t about the latest controversy R. Kelly is embroiled in, but rather the collective outrage about the latest controversy. It’s not like R. Kelly didn’t show us who he was when he married a teenage Aaliyah, and it’s not like R. Kelly didn’t show us again who he was once he was put on trial and then acquitted of child pornography charges back in 2008. Chris Rock said it best when talking about the tiger that bit Roy Horn of “Siegfried and Roy” in a 2003 live performance, “That tiger ain’t go crazy; that tiger went tiger!” R. Kelly went R. Kelly.
No this post is about all of those supposedly outraged people that not only ignored R. Kelly’s antics during the 6 years he awaited trial for a child pornography case and but also lined his pockets with their money, but are now pointing their collective fingers at him.
One thing I found ironic was the number of people that supported R. Kelly while he awaited trial. These people supported him so much that he released four platinum and multiplatinum albums; however, the second he was found not guilty they treated him like a red headed stepchild and his album sales plummeted. It’s like a case of morality based guilt kicked in at a time when you’d think support should be amped up.
In a case of getting mad at bomb for going off when the fuse was lit, is everybody that sat by while R. Kelly openly preyed on underage girls just as much to blame for his behavior as he is? Can a fool continue to be a fool without an audience?
Now, I’m sure that R. Kelly’s penchant for underage women didn’t start with Aaliyah, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he suffered from a similar childhood trauma which may have caused him to think that his behavior is ok. I would even go out on a limb to say that he may have a mental illness that prevents him from seeing the error in his ways.
However, there’s still no excuse for those of us that did not call R. Kelly to the carpet for his actions. Our selective outrage notwithstanding, we should have said something a long time ago. You see what happens when problematic behavior goes unchecked? It leads to self-entitlement and the continuation of fuck-shit.
What do you think? Are those supporters turned detractors partially to blame for R. Kelly’s behavior? Do you think all of this could have been prevented if someone stepped in to help him sooner?
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