Even though activists stood outside of R. Kelly’s recent concert in protest of him for the allegations of sexual misconduct that have plagued his career for the last twenty years, the R & B singer still managed to give a “racy” performance.
According to multiple reports, Kelly incited the passion and defensiveness of some of his fans while performing at the Greensboro Coliseum on Friday.
As it was previously reported, Kelly has been fighting against misconduct accusations since the first reports of his sexual impropriety came out in the late 1990’s.
Kelly was accused of videotaping a sexual encounter with underage girls, but was acquitted in 2008, and also of domineering in what has been called a “sex cult.” Several of his alleged victims came out and accused the singer of egregious misconduct, claiming that he forced them to live with him against their will.
Women such as Kitti Jones stated that the singer made them “stand up” whenever he walked into the room and also demanded they wear certain kinds of clothing.
During his show, R. Kelly said that as long as his fans are calling his name and wanting him to perform, he’ll do just that. “I’m going to be on that stage, singing these songs.”
In addition to women’s groups asking for his concert’s cancelation, Spotify and Pandora have announced they will no longer promote his music with algorithmic playlists on their platforms. However, the organizations added they’ll still feature his music, but not have it on their recommended lists.
As for his concert, in a report from a North Carolina newspaper, Kelly sang his songs in the usual fashion, including with strong sexual innuendo and motions like rubbing one of his fan’s cellphones on his crotch.