“Abusers like R. Kelly know how to wage emotional warfare. They’ll use tears to present themselves as victims, to garner public sympathy and make those they abuse feel responsible for their emotions,” the group tweeted. Some who watched also poked holes in Kelly’s claims.
Abusers like R. Kelly know how to wage emotional warfare. They'll use tears to present themselves as victims, to garner public sympathy and make those they abuse feel responsible for their emotions.— BlackWomensBlueprint (@BlackWomensBP) March 6, 2019
This is manipulation. And we will not fall for it. #MuteRKelly #rkellyinterview
R. Kelly told Gayle King "this is the first time I was able to say something." Let's be clear: @JimDeRogatis and I reached out to Kelly and his team again and again over the past 18 months. Every story. Every allegation. He chose not to speak until now.— Marisa Carroll (@Marisa_Carroll) March 6, 2019
R. Kelly blames social media for his sexual deviance.— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) March 6, 2019
Dog, social media wasn't around when you married 15-year old Aaliyah. Myspace was barely crackin' when you got caught on video in 2002.
So…R.Kelly admits he engages in human trafficking https://t.co/3jizohHOlD— Brandon Pope TV (@BpopeTV) March 6, 2019
r. kelly: *owes court $160,000+ in unpaid child support*— brandyn (@bwandyn) March 6, 2019
r. kelly: y'all can't do this to me bro i want to see my kids
Others praised King’s ability to ask tough questions and keep her composure while Kelly ranted about being targeted.
R. Kelly isn’t smart enough to be a good liar. That performance was terrible.— Thotyana Ali (@ChristineFox) March 6, 2019
There’s a lot going on in these R. Kelly clips. But one thing that jumps out is how direct, super clear and no frills these questions are by @GayleKing. She’s asking exactly what most of us would ask if we were in her seat. Crazy how refreshing it is. Speaks to how rare it is. https://t.co/Pt0ISn32sM— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 6, 2019
R Kelly isn’t even talking to Gayle so much as he’s talking to the camera. He wants this interview to be another performance. He wasn’t ready for Gayle’s stellar and unflappable style. pic.twitter.com/jxYisuGT1N— deray (@deray) March 6, 2019
Gayle King deserves an Emmy, a Peabody, a Pulitzer and a Nobel Peace Prize for her calm, professional demeanor during this crazy interview with R. Kelly.pic.twitter.com/IRJdoP8ELi— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) March 6, 2019
Gayle’s giving him the same face I’ve seen black mommas gives their toddlers during temper tantrums. I was just waiting for her to say, “Are you done yet?” https://t.co/awfA0dntv2— Angie Thomas (@angiecthomas) March 6, 2019
While it remains to be seen what effect, if any, Kelly’s appearance will have on his legal battle, he’s expected to appear in court again on March 22.
I’m pretty sure Gayle King runs B613 so R Kelly better watch who he leaps up at— Ira (@ira) March 6, 2019