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Erykah Badu Defends R. Kelly During Chicago Concert: “Having eyes that can see all points of view is a blessing… and a curse in the court of public opinion.”

Posted on January 20th, 2019
by
Karen


A disappointing string of opinions related to R. Kelly have plagued R&B/Soul Legend Erykah Badu since late 2017 as her stint as BET/Centric’s Soul Train Awards consecutive host neared its end.

Her support has been outward and ongoing for Kelly and other questionable topics ever since. In a Vulture interview last year she even purported she “saw something good” in Hitler.

In her latest bow, Chicago fans at her Aragon Ballroom performance said she criticized the outcry against the R&B singer following the damning Lifetime documentary Surviving R Kelly, which details multiple allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct against him. According to one concertgoer, Badu said: “What if one of the people who was assaulted by R Kelly becomes an offender? We gonna crucify them too?”

Another concertgoer claimed on Twitter that she told the crowd to “keep [their] opinion to [themselves]”.

Earlier this month, the Lifetime documentary’s producer revealed that Badu was one of many artists who turned down the opportunity to appear. While many of Kelly’s former collaborators have since denounced the singer over his alleged behavior, Badu has hinted that she still “loves” the singer despite the allegations featured in the documentary.

She cryptically posted a photo on Instagram that featured the caption: “Having eyes that can see all points of view is a blessing… and a curse in the court of public opinion.”

It wasn’t until Badu responded to a comment that it became clear her words were most likely about R Kelly.

“I loved you until I realised you supported a rapist and paedophile as your brother,” one follower replied, to which Badu said: “Correction, love has little to do with supporting others’ bad choices. Love is wisdom.”

Erykah has since taken to Twitter to further explain her position on the topic.

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