R. Kelly has been making a lot of fans feel uncomfortable for years, but this summer, one final straw broke the camel's back. Reports about his alleged, deeply disturbing "sex cult" shook a lot of otherwise faithful fans to the core, and forced everyone to scrutinize his actions that much closer.
Kelly seems to be completely unaware of this collective side-eye, because in an attempt to promote new music he has in the works, Kelly used some language that inspired the wrong type of imagery in other people's minds.
If you can't tell from us having to screenshot Kelly's tweet, he got absolutely demolished on social media for the post, leading him to delete the message and run away with his tail between his legs. At this point, no one really needs a huge excuse to go in on the singer, so people let the insults fly online after he dropped the insensitive message:
Anytime R.Kelly comes on the timeline just know this: pic.twitter.com/F1OIfiGJRM— X (@XLNB) September 12, 2017
He gotta fire all of his people. Like so no one thought..... pic.twitter.com/zUkwSvcWrz— ✨Odion 🗣🎙 (@bodaciousbobo) September 12, 2017
How exactly did you wake up and think this would be a good idea?— Sermon (@SermonsDomain) September 12, 2017
Uh sis..... pic.twitter.com/Dk4UXDDkT1— Trey (@Trxmone) September 12, 2017
R Kelly's PR team tryna explain pic.twitter.com/jzFdqjrxT7— Alexander FRE$CO❗️ (@FRESCObeFLEXXIN) September 12, 2017
While the replies are definitely hilarious, it's maddening that we're at this point. It's not just current actions you're forced to consider a little more deeply—it's everything tangentially related to Kelly in the past. His relationship with the late Aaliyah was already questionable at the time, but when you consider song titles like, "Age Ain't Nothing But a Number," you can't help but wonder just how deep Kelly's disgusting level of influence goes.
Frankly, it was probably past time to pay more attention to Kelly's indiscretions. The one encouraging thing about this circus has been the overwhelming response from the public; shows have been cancelled, fans have disassociated themselves from him completely, and the tide appears to have turned against him for good, regardless of how much people used to love his music.
Now, if only people would take domestic violence and manipulation more seriously all the time, and not just when it comes to someone famous.