After Taraji P. Henson compared the boycott of R. Kelly to what happened to film producer Harvey Weinstein, she is back on social media to clarify what she actually meant. The actress posted some clips earlier this week that were deleted, in which she argued that there were more people who promoted #MuteRKelly than the #MuteWeinstein hashtag.
The one hashtag about Kelly and other similar ones started trending soon after the artist’s six-part docuseries, titled Surviving R. Kelly, aired on Lifetime.
Even though the production included interviews with women who claim to have been sexually abused and harassed by Kelly, the star has not only been denying the accusations, he is also yet to be charged with any crime.
As for the backlash that Henson received following her comparison between Kelly and Weinstein, she took to her Twitter account today to write: ‘LET ME BE CLEAR R. KELLY IS GUILTY AND WRONG AND SHOULD BE MUTED PERIOD!!!!!’
Many social media users explained that using the word ‘mute’ in the hashtag boycotting Kelly made more sense than using it for Weinstein since one is a musician, and the other is not.
‘I recorded in case she deletes. But girl. Is Weinstein making music? I know she’s smarter than this,’ one argued.
I recorded in case she deletes. But girl. Is Weinstein making music? I know she's smarter than this pic.twitter.com/7DGyQfDwAk
— Bri The Undead (@aprettyPR) January 22, 2019
‘Y’all, please go look at Taraji’s IG story cause I know I’m not buggin, I knowwww she’s not implying what I think she’s implying,’ someone else seemed to slam the woman.
Besides, Weinstein has actually been charged with a sexual misconduct crime and stands trial in May for sexually assaulting two women.
The producer has pleaded not guilty to all accusations, including two counts of rape!
If convicted, he faces a maximum prison sentence.