“We’re programmed to really be hypersensitive to black male oppression,” he added. “But black women are exponentially [a] higher oppressed and violated group of people just in comparison to the whole world. Maybe I didn’t care because I didn’t value the accusers’ stories because they were black women. Usually, niggas that get in trouble for shit like this on their magnitude of celebrity, it’s light-skinned women or white women. That’s when it’s a big story. I’ve never really seen any pictures of R. Kelly’s accusers.”
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In the interview, the contrite rapper expressed relief that the accusations from the multiple women who have accused Kelly of mental, physical and sexual abuse were getting more widely heard. “I can’t be right all the time,” he said. “I made a mistake and I’m happy that those women are getting voices now and I can grow to understand better what my positioning should be or should’ve been when that opportunity came.”
While artists in the hip-hop and R&B community were reluctant to appear on camera for Surviving R. Kelly, the six-part docuseries credited Vince Staples for calling out Kelly as a “child molester” in a post-Coachella interview that went viral and helped reopen the national conversation about Kelly.
One notable artist who sat down for Surviving R. Kelly was John Legend, who said of his appearance on the docuseries, which concludes Saturday night with two final episodes, “I believe these women and don’t give a fuck about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision.”