As the heaviness of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly documentary continues to reverberate in the Black community, more celebrities are beginning to speak out against the “Ignition” singer.
The six-part documentary chronicles decades of the singer’s alleged sexual misconduct and abuse, which he has continuously denied. With more than 50 interviews with Kelly’s victims, it’s hard for many to continue ignoring his widely documented abuse.
However, it was reportedly difficult for filmmaker dream hampton to find any other musicians who would discuss the allegations on camera, except John Legend and Sparkle.
Still, here are some of the celebrities now speaking up:
Ne-Yo said that “enough is enough” when he took to his Instagram to say that he, too, would #MuteRKelly: "There is NO excuse. Music is important. It really is. But it’s not more important than protecting our children, protecting our little girls. PERIOD."
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Jada Pinkett Smith
Pinkett Smith has pushed for everyone to watch and discuss the documentary with their children. She also questioned how R. Kelly's music sales spiked since the documentary aired.
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Chance The Rapper
Although he appeared in the documentary speaking out against R. Kelly, Chance The Rapper took to Twitter to share his regret at having worked with the singer in the past.
“I apologize to all the survivors for working with him and taking this long to speak out.”
The R&B singer also shared his disgust with the documentary, calling on his fans to #MuteRKelly.
"We’ve invested so much of ourselves into this man that it’s hard for us to let go," he wrote on Instagram. "I no longer have that issue."
The B2K star took to Twitter to denounce R. Kelly's actions, as well as announce that his band would stop performing their R. Kelly-produced tracks at their upcoming Millenium tour.
"EVERYONE has to be RESPONSIBLE. Many have bared witness to the unthinkable and yet have remained silent," he wrote.
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The Philly rapper admitted that he wasn't "feeling" R. Kelly once the documentary aired: "It don’t take a rocket scientist to see what was going on.... what I’m tryna figure out why did they let it go on soooooo long!"
The docuseries also drew a response from Kerry Washington, who tweeted: "#SurvivingRKelly is the #1 trending topic on @twitter. Amen. Speaking truth to power."
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Common, who is from Chicago, admitted that the Black community had failed Black girls and women when it came to R. Kelly.
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The UGK rapper was frank with his response to the "Surviving R. Kelly" docuseries: "f**k R. Kelly, Hugh Hefner, Sparkle, [Andrea] and anybody else being used as an excuse to take away the fact that he was f**king kids."
The singer and Golden Globe winner apologized for working with Kelly on her 2013 track "Do What U Want (With My Body)." Gaga took to Twitter
to share that she stands by "anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault," adding, "I can't go back, but I can go forward and continue to support women, men, and people of all sexual identities, and of all races, who are victims of sexual assault."
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Palmer took to Instagram
to share her thoughts about R. Kelly after viewing Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly
. Palmer explained that she was hurt that Kelly, who suffered sexual abuse as a child, would use the gift God blessed him with to abuse women. "God blessed him to vindicate his childhood shortcomings and yet still he has slapped God in the face by his actions towards these women," she wrote. "I am hurt and saddened because he could have been a blessing to these women but instead he repeatedly took advantage and that I can not accept."
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"It is no secret how men have misused their power to manipulate young emerging pop stars to seasoned Hollywood actresses and everyone in between," he said in an Instagram post. "I have personally witnessed it and will no longer be silent about it."
Dion has pulled her duet with Kelly, 1998's "I'm Your Angel," from streaming services.