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.”
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.
I really want to say how much i loved Erykah Badu’s concert tonight.— jacque (@jacquemarquez_) January 20, 2019
But i can’t get over how she tried to justify and defend R. Kelly’s actions and reputation during her set… I’m so disappointed…
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.
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Erykah has since taken to Twitter to further explain her position on the topic.
I love you. Unconditionally.— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) January 21, 2019
That doesn’t mean I support your poor choices.
I want healing for you and anyone you have hurt as a result of you being hurt. Is that strange to you ?
That’s all I’ve ever said. Anything else has been fabricated or taken out of context. – eb
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