Launched by Women of Color of Time’s Up, a statement read in part, “The recent court decision against Bill Cosby is one step toward addressing these ills, but it is just a start. We call on people everywhere to join with us to insist on a world in which women of all kinds can pursue their dreams free from sexual assault, abuse and predatory behavior. To this end, today we join an existing online campaign called #MuteRKelly.”
They are hitting Kelly directly in his pocket by calling on the following corporations to cut ties with the singer: RCA Records (the label currently produces and distributes his music), Ticketmaster (currently issuing tickets for R. Kelly’s show on May 11), Spotify and Apple Music (streaming platforms currently monetizing R. Kelly’s music) and Greensboro Coliseum Complex (North Carolina venue is currently hosting an R. Kelly concert May 11).
How can you help? Feel free to tweet or even call these companies and demand they drop R. Kelly. In addition, you can tweet #MuteRKelly to keep the topic trending. If David Hogg can make this demand to Laura Ingraham‘s advertisers, we should be able to do the same for R. Kelly.
R. Kelly has already responded via a rude and catty statement to BuzzFeed, saying, “R. Kelly supports the pro-women goals of the Time’s Up movement. We understand criticizing a famous artist is a good way to draw attention to those goals — and in this case, it is unjust and off-target.” He added the criticism is an “attempted public lynching of a Black man who has made extraordinary contributions to our culture.” The statement continued, “We fully support the rights of women to be empowered to make their own choices. Time’s Up has neglected to speak with any of the women who welcome R. Kelly’s support, and it has rushed to judgment without the facts.” The statement added he is a “victim” of a “greedy, conscious and malicious conspiracy to demean him.”
We don’t know about the women who “who welcome R. Kelly’s support,” but here are several men and women who support #MuteRKelly.
If Bill Cosby can be found guilty then now is the time for Kelly to pay for all of his alleged crimes — despite his money and fame. No women should be silenced because of rich and powerful men. Time’s up, Kellz.