Kehlani has recently been very vocal regarding her own sexual identity and in support of the LGBTQ community. She’s also spoken about colorism in the entertainment industry while praising her friend and fellow musical artist SZA.
She just took a moment to speak about another important topic. The R&B songstress recently took to Twitter to criticize those who seem to have a hard time believing famous celebrity men aren’t guilty of certain abhorrent behavior.
like a man makes some music u liked once in time or a clothing line or something that impressed your simple ass and all of a sudden there’s just NO WAY he could’ve EVER been abusive or wrong……
miss the fuck outta me.
— Kehlani (@Kehlani) April 26, 2018
In the era of the Me Too movement and in a quest for personal and communal reckoning and healing in our society, many are finally holding predators and problematic individuals, who uphold damaging notions or ideas, to account.
This has been seen notably this week in the conviction of Bill Cosby for assault after being accused by 60 women, singer, Kelis coming out alleging that ex-husband, rapper Nas abused her during their 9-year marriage, and singer R. Kelly being left by his lawyer, assistant, and publicist as even more allegations of his predatory behavior have surfaced.
A type of scapegoating, conflating and victim blaming happens in the face of these public stories when any type of information regarding famous men being abusive is discussed.
Whether it be Woody Allen, Johnny Depp, Chris Brown, Russell Simons, or Fabulous, many have a hard time believing accusers.
Some will say it’s based on an “innocent until guilty” mind frame; some will say that false accusations do occur. While that’s all fine in theory, in actuality, mere statistics show that the probability of these things actually happening the way the accused say is staggering.
Stats say that 1 in 2 women are sexually harassed at some point in their life. 1 in 4 will be in a relationship where their partner physically abuses them. Many rape kits aren’t processed and backed logged in districts all over the country because of how often they are administered.
The numbers don’t lie, and people don’t miraculously become good or ethical just because they become famous. In fact, the abuse of power is a huge contributing factor to why so many abusers have gotten away with this behavior for so long.
They remain unchecked and the wider world, just chooses to believe, revere and exalt them.