Nick Cannon Apologizes For Working With R. Kelly
Nick Cannon prides himself on being a stand-up guy. After being called out for criticizing R. Kelly due to the fact that they worked together in the past, the 'Wild N Out' comedian is apologizing for his huge mistake.
In 2003, the Nickelodeon star teamed up with Kells to deliver a song titled Gigolo.
Some of the misogynistic and raunchy lyrics included: "I'm a gigolo, always on the go/Everytime I turn around, I got another show/In the club, hit about three in a row/Drop in the Six, 'cause I love them h***."
Now that Nick is a father of three, including one daughter, he sees the error of working with a man he knew had horrible allegations surrounding him.
The actor sat down with Dame Dash who spoke about the fall of his partnership with Jay-Z partly due to the fact that he chose to work with R. Kelly. At the time, Dash had been in love with singer Aaliyah who R. Kelly allegedly married at the age of 15 while he was 27.
Cannon and Dash spoke on the fact that the industry has known about the reported predatory behavior the Step In the Name of Love musician exhibited and hasn't decided to do anything about it until the release of 'Surviving R. Kelly.'
The father of two took to social media to give a heartfelt apology for his part in it.
Nick posted a clip of the song accompanied by a caption that read, in part: "After much self reflection and meditation, I have to be one of the first to admit that in my past I’ve DEFINITELY turned a blind eye to a lot of darkness in this industry. Let’s stop beating around the bush and call it what it is. This entire industry was established and built by evil and predatorily spirits and male chauvinistic behavior. And since the recent media outrage pertaining to @RKELLY I have realized that the REAL issue at hand is the ultimate lack of care and disrespect for our QUEENS. For far too long we have treated women like second class citizens, when in actuality they are the source, our core, and the Superior beings."
He went on to say: "But our insecurities, Egos, and lack of love has tried to prove otherwise. Therefore we have SEVERAL cases where we allow entertainers, executives, and every day individuals abuse and mistreat our life bearers and beautiful equals. It is no secret how men have misused their power to manipulate young emerging pop stars to seasoned hollywood actresses and everyone in between. I have personally witnessed it and will no longer be silent about it. It’s not dry snitching, it’s a paradigm shift. I’m not judging ANY man for his past or his private actions because I too am a guilty sinner of the blatant disrespect even in some of the statements in the song above. But From Individuals like Les Moonves, Harvey Weinstein, Steven Tyler, R. Kelly, Elvis and others, I must say we have to deal with this sickness head on. The real leaders and Bosses must step up and be MEN! And I will be one of the first to say on behalf of all men, I am Sorry."
What do you think about Nick's change of heart? Should everyone who made a conscious decision to work with R. Kelly knowing the allegations against him apologize?