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Time’s Up is Going After R. Kelly With a #MuteRKelly Boycott

Women of Color of Time’s Up join #MuteRKelly campaign demanding Spotify, Ticketmaster, and others cut ties with R. Kelly.

And now, the Women of Color committee within Time’s Up is calling on all women of color to join the online campaign #MuteRKelly. The campaign calls for anyone currently profiting from Kelly and his music to cut all ties with him, including Spotify, Ticketmaster, and Kelly’s record label, RCA.

“The scars of history make certain that we are not interested in persecuting anyone without just cause," Women of Color of Time’s Up said in their statement. “With that said, we demand appropriate investigations and inquiries into the allegations of R. Kelly’s abuse made by women of color and their families for over two decades now."

While #MuteRKelly may or may not succeed in breaking Kelly away from the institutions that have shielded him thus far, it’s another sign that cultural momentum is turning on him. It’s seemingly no longer quite as easy as it once was to be a wildly successful star in America and also an accused predator.

On Sunday, R. Kelly took to social media to apologize to his fans for the cancellation.

“First of all, I want to apologize to all of my fans in Chicago, and basically all around the world wherever I’m performing at and they canceled me," he said. “I don’t know why they canceled the show. I never heard of a show being canceled because of rumors, but I guess there’s a first time for everything. So I apologize to you guys and in the meantime, I’m going to try to get to the bottom line of it, you know, as far as my lawyers are concerned, and see exactly what happened and why I was canceled."

A petition signed by 1,300 students at the University of Illinois in Chicago called for the cancellation of R. Kelly’s concert on May 5, citing “overwhelming public evidence of [Kelly’s] history of sexual misconduct." The letter, co-written by Natalie Bennett of the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center at UIC, was to be sent to UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis upon reaching 1,500 signatures.

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