Following the resurgence of the viral hashtag, #MuteRKelly, the Pied Piper’s management team released a statement commenting on the Time’s Up movement and the singer’s sexual abuse allegations. “R.Kelly supports the pro-woman 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.

The statement continued, plugging Kelly’s contributions to the black community and music industry as a whole. “R. Kelly’s music is a part of American and African-American culture that should never – and will never – be silenced,” it continues. “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.”

#MuteRKelly started as an attempt to get the singer’s music to stop playing on Atlanta’s airwaves and any other streaming services. So far, the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show has agreed to stop spinning Kelly’s music.

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