The drama continues for Erykah Badu. Over the weekend, she was slammed for defending R. Kelly at a Chicago concert. Now, she is calling on Dream Hampton, executive producer of “Surviving R. Kelly,” to apologize for saying she asked the singer to be in the docuseries. Hampton is refusing to apologize.
After Badu was inundated with tweets about defending R. Kelly, she responded to one tweet saying she was never asked to be interviewed for the Lifetime docuseries. Hampton responded with, “I asked Producer T. Farris to contact
@fatbellybella to be in doc because I wanted clarity on two things: 1) a quote attributed to her, “No one has done more for Black people than R. Kelly” & 2) what she was thinking when she called him her ‘brother’ at Soul Train. Awards.”
Badu tweeted back, “No ma’am. I WAS NOT EVER contacted by anyone to be in documentary. @dreamhampton You know that’s not true. I wasn’t a necessary component. You had all the right people, the ones close to the situation…But for now, produce this ‘producer’s’ request or… APOLOGIZE. It’s simple.”
Hampton doubled down, “Apologize? Are you kidding? Again, you PUBLICLY said he did more for black people than anyone? If you want to apologize for that, fine, apology accepted, on behalf of Harriet and the whole crew. What you meant by calling him your brother from the stage, I’ll never know.”
Badu hasn’t responded.
In case you missed it, the 47-year-old said at her concert, “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” singer 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 then 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:
Hours later, she claimed her comments were taken out of context, see below: