Tichina Arnold was getting some heat on social media after a series of cryptic tweets she posted on Thursday. But it was unclear exactly what she was talking about.
“*Its disturbing to watch black ppl pounce on other black ppl when they are already down..guilty or not, but when it comes to holding others races accountable for their horrific actions, I hear crickets,” the actress and singer wrote on Twitter. “Check yourself before you wreck yourself. Operate through love & compassion.”
Several users questioned her in the replies to her tweet. One person wrote, “What? Seriously, what?! If they’re guilty they should be dragged. Simple.”
Arnold responded with, “Yes. Seriously. I wish it were simple..but it’s not. Pay attention. Blessings.”
It’s not clear if Arnold was saying R. Kelly was a victim of racism. If she was, that would be stretch.
In case you missed it, Kelly offered implausible answers during an interview this week with Gayle King when he was questioned about his past with underage girls, like his illegal marriage to then-15-year-old singer Aaliyah. See the marriage certificate below:
“I beat my case,” he literally cried to King in reference to his 2008 acquittal on child porn charges. “When you beat something, you beat it. You can’t double-jeopardy me like that. You can’t. It’s not fair. It’s not fair to nobody!”
The charges Kelly was facing this year are different from the 2008 charges, which was for child pornography. Nonetheless, the “Feelin’ On Yo Booty” singer maintains his innocence.
“Not true,” Kelly said when King asked him about “the other cases where women have come forward and said, ‘R. Kelly had sex with me when I was under the age of 18. R. Kelly was abusive to me emotionally and physically and verbally. R. Kelly took me in a black room where unspeakable things happened.’ This is what they’re saying about you.”
Kelly got extremely emotional, saying, “Forget the blogs, forget how you feel about me. Hate me if you want to, love me if you want. But just use your common sense. How stupid would it be for me, with my crazy past and what I’ve been through. … Quit playing! I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me! I’m fighting for my f*cking life!”
Watch a clip below:
The latest sex crime charges against Kelly stem from attorney Michael Avenatti giving a pair of purported child porn videos that featured the singer. Avenatti said he was hired last April in connection to multiple allegations of Kelly sexually assaulting minors. He claimed to have videotaped evidence, which, despite their similarities, were apparently not the same video footage that got Kelly indicted in 2002 — and acquitted in 2008 — for child porn.
Increased interest in seeing Kelly charged for his alleged crimes came at the beginning of the year when the bombshell docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” aired with several women accusing him of sexually abusing them when they were underage.
See the reactions to Arnold below: