“Surviving R. Kelly” premiered last night on the Lifetime channel, and the docuseries exposes the singer as the alleged sexual predator that he has been accused of being for years. However, executive producer Dream Hampton revealed she struggled to find high-profile musicians to talk about Kelly — and only John Legend said yes.
Hampton told Shadow & Act, “John Legend was the only one… I asked Jay-Z, I asked Mary J. Blige, I asked Lil Kim, Erykah Badu, Dave Chappelle.” Legend has been getting tons of praise on social media and New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay wrote, “As we prepare to watch Surviving R Kelly which I can’t start til very late tonight, remember that John Legend is a real one and a lot of our faves are trash.”
However, Legend is remaining humble. To all the love he responded on Twitter with, “To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn’t feel risky at all. I believe these women and don’t give a fuck about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision.”
On the other hand, Questlove is not getting the same love. Hampton said about the drummer for The Roots, “Most people just don’t want to touch it. I remember Ahmir [‘Questlove’ Thompson] was like, ‘I would do anything for you but I can’t do this.’ It’s not because they support him, it’s because it’s so messy and muddy. It’s that turning away that has allowed this to go on.”
In a now deleted Tweet, he wrote, “I always thought Kels was trash. My reason for declining the RKelly docu that I support 10000000 percent is I didn’t wanna be in the ‘good times’ portion of the doc, like stanning for his ‘genius.’ I was asked to talk about his genius. I do not nor have I EVER stanned for him.”
Dream Hampton quickly responded that she never asked him to talk about his genius. Quest has since deleted his Tweets, but see below:
The two additional episodes of “Surviving R. Kelly” will air Friday and Saturday on Lifetime.