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:
anytime sumbody say some bullshit and end it with "just my opinion" they knew they was jumpin out wit that bullshit before they even said it. i love Tichina Arnold still, and midkey think this cancel culture shit is wack, but this aint where it's at fam..— Big Homie Mandela (@AKZionz) March 7, 2019
I have never seen a race of women SO damn unprotective of their own fellow women and girls.. only BW do this shit.. We should ONLY be concerned with people harming black women and girls, we need to pounce on them harder and faster while not giving a fuck about the "others"— Tasty Cakes (@TiffiePop85) March 7, 2019
Tichina, I love you sis, but this ain't it. I'm not sure where you're looking and not seeing, but a majority of the Black people holding folks like R. Kelly and Bill Cosby accountable for their actions, are doing the same for the Weintein's and Singer's and Spacey's among us.— The Audacity of W.A.P. (@DamoneWilliams_) March 7, 2019
Tichina, this is called “whataboutism”. what about Elvis? what about rob lowe? It can go on. When it comes to R Kelly, he was preying upon BLACK GIRLS and WOMEN. Operating with love & compassion does not mean we do not hold abusers accountable.— Sandra Clarke Stan Account (@grouchyvaginaa) March 7, 2019
So... You want me a Black woman to Pounce on or "hold accountable" some non black person who does not prey on black women?? Make that make sense..... Example why would i give a fuck about Charlie Sheen when we have R Kelly praying on fellow BLACK girls???? -_O— Tasty Cakes (@TiffiePop85) March 7, 2019
Imagine if somebody assaulted your daughter and then said “why are you focused on me when there are white people out here assaulting people everyday”. Other races doing something is not an excuse and lack of action pertaining to one crime doesn’t justify another.— Delilah Benson (@DelilahBenson12) March 7, 2019
Omg. It's like that one woman that was upset about seeing him get arrested because he's Black. If they're guilty, they're guilty. It's not complicated.— Matrix Moma (@MatrixMoma) March 7, 2019