Members of more than half a dozen protest groups descended on Sony Music's headquarters on Wednesday morning (Jan. 16) to demand the label drop R. Kelly in the wake of revelations in the Lifetime docs-series Surviving R. Kelly. The action from members of #MuteRKelly, Black Women's Blueprint, Care2, Color of Change, CREDO, Girls for Gender Equity, NOW-NYC and UltraViolet outside the label's Manhattan offices is slate to include the delivery 217,394 signatures insisting the major label remove the singer from its roster, as well as the presentation of a "Record Label of Shame" award.
"Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly is an unignorable investigation into R. Kelly's decades of alleged sexual abuse of young Black women and girls, and those in the music industry that have not only enabled him, but profited from him," read a statement from the group announcing the "Rally to Protect Black Girls." "R. Kelly has been able to continue to prey on vulnerable Black girls for so long because companies like RCA - his record label - provide him a revenue stream to maintain his sex trafficking operation and a veneer of public credibility. With the seriousness of these numerous allegations and their overwhelming credibility, it's past time for RCA and their parent company, Sony, to take a stand and drop R. Kelly from their record label. No company should be profiting from a man who physically, mentally, and sexually abuses Black girls."
At press time a spokesperson for Sony could not be reached for comment. To date, the label has made no official statement about the allegations against the singer and has not responded to the repeated calls that it drop him from his contract.