Many of R. Kelly‘s hit records have become weaved into American pop culture over the years, whether it’s having his tunes played at religious services, graduations or weddings across the globe. Over the weekend, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was spotted flapping his arms to the R&B singer’s Space Jam smash “I Believe I Can Fly” at a church in South Carolina.
The clip of De Blasio has since gone viral and resulted in some harsh feedback from viewers, with Kells’ approval rating at an all-time low, as the embattled artist faces 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse charges. The cringeworthy scene is a tough watch, where some are participating with their arms spread out as wings, while others remain seated and refuse to take part.
“I wonder if the @NYCMayor realizes who sings this song #SouthCarolina,” NY1 reporter Courtney Gross wrote. Kelly was once again released from Chicago jail on Saturday when someone spotted him the $161,000 needed to pay back child support to ex-wife Andrea Lee in order to successfully secure his bail.
Find the video of NYC mayor Bill de Blasio flailing along to “I Believe I Can Fly” below.
— Courtney Gross (@courtneycgross) March 10, 2019