The Women of Color (WOC) branch of the Time's Up movement announced on Monday (April 30) that its group is joining forces with the existing online campaign #MuteRKelly in shaming R. Kelly over many allegations of sexual misconduct. ?Now the singer's management has refuted the action, claiming that Kelly is being unfairly targeted.
“Kelly supports the pro-women goals of the Time’s Up movement. We understand criticizing a famous artist is a good way to draw attention to those goals—and in this case, it is unjust and off-target," reads the statement obtained by Variety on Monday.
“We fully support the rights of women to be empowered to make their own choices. Time’s Up has neglected to speak with any of the women who welcome R. Kelly’s support, and it has rushed to judgment without the facts. Soon it will become clear Mr. Kelly is the target of a greedy, conscious and malicious conspiracy to demean him, his family and the women with whom he spends his time. Kelly’s music is a part of American and African-American culture that should never—and will never—be silenced. Since America was born, black men and women have been lynched for having sex or for being accused of it. We will vigorously resist this attempted public lynching of a black man who has made extraordinary contributions to our culture.”