UltraViolet—a girls’s rights advocacy group—has introduced it has commissioned a aircraft to fly over the Sony Music workplaces in Culver City, California tomorrow, (Friday, January 11) to protest R. Kelly. According to a press launch, the aircraft will function a banner that reads “RCA/Sony: Drop Sexual Predator R. Kelly.” (RCA Records stays the label house of Kelly, who faces multiple allegations of abuse by numerous women. RCA is owned by Sony Music.)
Karin Roland, Chief Campaigns Officer at UltraViolet, shared the next assertion:
It is gone time for RCA to dump R. Kelly and take a stand towards abuse. Their inaction is past shameful. RCA can not fake that R. Kelly’s music might be separated from his violent actions. Kelly makes use of his fame, musical expertise, fortune, and standing within the music trade to lure in and abuse younger Black women. Even a few of his songs are actually impressed by the abuses he has perpetrated.
Kelly has been capable of get away along with his years of abuse exactly as a result of his victims are younger Black women who face much more limitations to justice than their white friends. Sixty % of Black girls are sexually abused by age 18, however their abuse is written off due to dangerous racial stereotypes that paint Black girls and women as extra sexually promiscuous and aggressive than younger white women. We should imagine and assist Black survivors of sexual violence. It is time all of us work alongside the wonderful Black girls organizers calling out R. Kelly and his enablers to make sure justice.
In August 2018, it was reported that conversations between advocacy teams and RCA Records relating to R. Kelly had stalled. When reached by Pitchfork, a consultant for Sony Music declined to remark and referred inquiries to its subsidiary, RCA. RCA has not responded to repeated requests for touch upon Kelly.
Earlier as we speak, two musical acts that had beforehand collaborated with Kelly—Lady Gaga and Phoenix—each issued statements expressing remorse for working with the singer. Gaga apologized and said she’s going to take down her single with Kelly, “Do What U Want,” from streaming providers. Phoenix wrote, “We fully support all victims of sexual abuse, and it’s our hope that there will be a path to justice.”