Erykah Badu has received a heap of backlash after defending R. Kelly at Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on January 19. Now, she is trying to clarify her comments.
Last night, she wrote on Twitter, “I love you. Unconditionally. 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.”
It would be hard to take what she said out of context, especially when it’s on video. The 47-year-old said, “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 “On and On” sing was quickly booed with gasps from the audience. She didn’t stop there, “What y’all say, f*ck 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?”
She clearly knew this was going to trend and also added, “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, victimized in some kinda way. Love for everybody.” See below:
The comments from the singer-songwriter clearly were not welcomed, especially when R. Kelly’s own daughter called him a monster.
Executive produced by Dream Hampton, the docu-series “Surviving R. Kelly” detailed accounts from people in Kelly’s circle, including the singer’s brother, Bruce, who said Kelly had a “preference” for young women and singer Sparkle (the aunt of the 14-year-old in the sex tape) who testified against him in court and countless journalists. There is reportedly a criminal investigation against Kelly in Georgia.