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After R. Kelly Having been convicted of sex trafficking in Brooklyn on Tuesday, September 28, many took to social media to voice their opinions on the verdict and support the victims. For Chuck D, his publication on social networks triggered a violent reaction leading him to issue a clarification a few hours later.
The frontman of iconic group Public Enemy took to Twitter following the conviction of the disgraced singer on nine counts after a six-week trial that chronicled many of his putrid crimes against young black girls and boys, including the late singer Aaliyah. In his first post, Chuck D reflected on Kelly citing how he was “abused in his youth” and “a drug addict as an adult.” He then referred to two infamous examples in Ike Turner and Rick James of those who served time in prison for abusing women and spoke of their leaving as changed individuals. “How long should R Kelly be in jail – and does an American system give a man a chance to change his world?” He asked, apparently trying to bring up a point about the system. criminal law and a possible life sentence. for Kelly would mean in terms of her eventual rehabilitation. He fell miserably flat.
Chuck D immediately clarified in a follow-up tweet stating that this is not a sympathetic question at all. Not the least. But that wasn’t enough to deter many people on the platform from thinking he was sympathetic to Kelly. The responses were swift and full of disappointment.
He responded to a few tweets directly challenging his position which appeared to lack support for the many victims whom R. Kelly abused for decades.
The rapper followed these tweets with another to clarify his position. “Just to be clear, I’m not a fan here. $ 75 million sold somewhere and I didn’t get one of his songs. », He began. “My apologies if the wings of perception went beyond the words of this slaveApp,” he continued, referring to Twitter. He ended by stating that he will provide more clarity on a new social media platform that he will launch this Friday, October 1.