Erykah Badu Draws Criticism From Fans By Defending R Kelly During Chicago Gig

Author : Marco Sgalbazzini
January 21, 2019

Erykah Badu Draws Criticism From Fans By Defending R Kelly During Chicago Gig

This past weekend Erykah Badu went on public record to defend R Kelly during one of her gigs in Chicago, despite the recent string of sexual abuse allegations levied against the r’n’b artist, and the increased scrutiny these allegations have been receiving following Lifetime documentary Surviving R Kelly.

Badu made the comments in support of R Kelly during a concert at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom on January 19, stating:

“I dunno how everybody else feel about it but I’m putting up a prayer right now for R. I hope he sees the light of day if he done all those things that we’ve seen on TV and heard those ladies talk about. I hope he sees the light of day and comes forward.”

The comment drew boos from the crowd, to which Badu promptly responded:

“What y’all say, fuck him? That’s not love. That’s not unconditional love. But what if one of the people that was assaulted by R Kelly grows up to be an offender, we gonna crucify them? “They ’bout to R Kelly me to death on the internet, I’m like goddamn. I just want peace and light for everybody and healing for those who are hurt because everyone involved has been hurt, victimised in some kinda way. Love for everybody.”

Fans expressed shock at Badu’s comments on Twitter following the concert, as was expected given the increased media attention surrounding the strong allegations against R Kelly and the increase in popularity of the Lifetime documentary that went live in recent weeks.

Badu expressed her opinion on Twitter following the incident.

Needless to say, however, the criticism continued on the social media platform.