Chicago, IL – Erykah Badu has responded to the backlash she confronted on Twitter after showing to defend R. Kelly throughout a latest Chicago live performance. On Sunday (January 20), the tenured neo-soul artist jumped on the social media platform to elucidate her facet of the story.
She made certain to notice she completely doesn’t stand behind anybody’s “poor choices.”
“I love you. Unconditionally,” she wrote. “That doesn’t mean I support your poor choices. I want healing for you and anyone you have hurt as a result of you being hurt. Is that strange to you? That’s all I’ve ever said. Anything else has been fabricated or taken out of context.”
I like you. Unconditionally.
That doesn’t imply I assist your poor decisions.
I would like therapeutic for you and anybody you’ve harm on account of you being harm. Is that unusual to you ?
That’s all I’ve ever mentioned. Anything else has been fabricated or taken out of context. – eb
— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) January 21, 2019
Several concertgoers accused Ms. Badu of siding with Kelly after she advised the gang, “What if one of the people who was assaulted by R. Kelly becomes an offender? We gonna crucify them too?”
But in a video clip captured of the second in query, what she really mentioned was, “I’m puttin’ up a prayer proper now for R. Kelly. I hope he sees the sunshine of day if he completed all these issues we seen on t.v. and heard these girls speak about. I hope he sees the sunshine of day and comes ahead.
What’d y’all say? Fuck him? That’s not love. That’s not unconditional love. But what if one of many individuals who was assaulted by R. Kelly … We gonna crucify them too?”
Auntie @fatbellybella we perceive your perspective and also you’re not elevating monsters. Your perception is straightforward love, unconditional love. It’s not meant to be perceived as you taking his facet. I feel that’s the misperception, you’re clearly not condoning his conduct. pic.twitter.com/6XWGIf4Ku4
— Graphics 20/20 (@G20Twenty) January 21, 2019
Despite her rationalization, Badu continues to be being subjected to the wrath of Twitter. Many individuals are actually suggesting she’s “victim blaming” and that it’s much more than “poor choices.”
Check out a number of of the reactions under.
Sounds like blaming the sufferer to me.
— Jess (@jdaineh312) January 21, 2019
It’s greater than “poor choices.” Poor decisions = consuming fried meals on a regular basis. Poor decisions = breaking apart with somebody over textual content. Serial rape and abuse of black/brown women and younger ladies for over 20 years is a helluva lot greater than a “poor choice.” LET’S. BE. REAL.
— Avril (@avrilnyc01) January 21, 2019
Reducing many years of abuses and violence to poor decisions is the place you’re misstepping. Responding to such devastating circumstances requires a large amount of discernment and depth. I see the place you’re coming from to an extent, unsure why ur loving on him as a substitute of his prey.
— Leather (@BeLeather) January 21, 2019
[This article has been updated. The original version was published on January 20, 2018 at 11:11 a.m. PST and can be found below.]
No quantity of sage may cease Erykah Badu’s viewers from getting riled up throughout a latest present at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom. On Saturday night time (January 19), the neo-soul goddess was accused of blatantly defending R. Kelly and making excuses for his predatory conduct.
According to 1 concertgoer, Badu mentioned, “What if one of the people who was assaulted by R Kelly becomes an offender? We gonna crucify them too?”
“what if one of the people who was assaulted by R Kelly becomes an offender? we gonna crucify them too?” -erykah badu at her chicago live performance
— IG: @boydonavin (@boyDonavin) January 20, 2019
Another attendee claimed Badu advised the gang to maintain their opinion to themselves, whereas one other was “so disappointed” Badu stood up for the disgraced R&B star.
Erykah Badu got here to Chicago and advised us all she finna love R Kelly anyway & we will hold our opinion to ourselves. Mad disrespectful to our metropolis and a shitty use of her platform. Crusty ass bitch.
— scorching headed yam (@tomapapito) January 20, 2019
I actually need to say how a lot i beloved Erykah Badu’s live performance tonight.
But i can’t recover from how she tried to justify and defend R. Kelly’s actions and popularity throughout her set… I’m so disillusioned…
— jacque (@jacquemarquez_) January 20, 2019
Last week, Badu left a cryptic caption on one in all her Instagram posts.
“‘Having Eyes that can see all points of view is a blessing … and a curse in the court of public opinion. ‘ – a mother I C on both sides like Chanel,” she wrote.
It wasn’t instantly clear what she was referring to till she responded to somebody condemning her for approaching the Kelly scenario with compassion.
“I loved you until I realised you supported a rapist and pedophile as your brother,” one follower replied, to which Badu mentioned, “Correction, love has little to do with supporting others’ bad choices. Love is wisdom.”
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“Having Eyes that may see all factors of view is a blessing … and a curse within the court docket of public opinion. “- a mom I C on either side like Chanel.
While everyone seems to be entitled to their opinion, Badu has been below fireplace earlier than for her inflammatory feedback. In an interview with Vulture final January, she stirred up controversy after she appeared to specific sympathy for Adolf Hitler, XXXTENTACION and Bill Cosby. She finally acknowledged her feedback, whereas taken out of context, had been deplorable.
“People are in real pain,” she wrote. “So I understand why my ‘good’ intent was misconstrued as ‘bad’. In trying to express a point, I used 1 of the worst examples possible, Not to support the cruel actions of an unwell, psychopathic Adolf Hitler, but to only exaggerate a show of compassion.”
She later added, “Either U read the entire VULTURE interview & U understood the message of compassion CLEARLY. OR U only read the selective, out of context Headlines, & were drawn in2 the whirlpool of collective emotional grief. I don’t want 2 force U 2understand the way I love. I’m hopeful tho.”
Needless to say, there are many people on Twitter declaring Ms. Badu has formally been canceled.
Check out a few of the reactions under.
It hurts me to say this however…
Erykah Badu is CANCELLED 😫
She’s an R.Kelly supporter 😭😭😭😭
— ☥ ❤️🖤💚 ☥ (@nubianlocz) January 20, 2019
erykah badu’s obsession with seeing r kelly and invoice cosby as harmless is bizarre af. pic.twitter.com/qouyrOVxUR
— 🦋 (@CHlYANl) January 20, 2019
Let’s not neglect Erykah Badu was all for sufferer blaming younger women for grown males not having the ability to management their fucking eyes. I see precisely why she sides with R Kelly. She been allow us to knew her ideas 💭 pic.twitter.com/UjLGhJDj7A
— 30s L A M E 🥀🌑 (@majistiii) January 20, 2019
Erykah Badu on R Kelly ( together with all her different problematic opinions) I simply….. pic.twitter.com/9IlKamGZyh
— Lisa Jenkins (@lisaannejenkins) January 20, 2019
A 14 yr outdated woman was on video being pissed on Erykah! A 14 yr outdated woman! FFS are you fckin R Kelly? Black women had been/are being harmed by this man and you’ve got the nerve to nonetheless assist him? You do not care about your personal ppl in any respect. @fatbellybella
— 🤷🏾♀️🤪🤬🤯 (@BrujadeLaMancha) January 20, 2019
So Erykah Badu was defending her love for R. Kelly at a Chicago live performance final night time and obtained boo’ed? pic.twitter.com/XT4G2QLkLU
— … (@madxethnic) January 20, 2019
Erykah Badu introduced the that R.Kelly is from Chicago. Everyone instantly began Booing when she mentioned his identify( Including me)
— PaigeThePlug (@PaigeThePlug) January 20, 2019
I had tickets to see Erykah Badu in Chicago. I discovered one thing else to do. Apparently she’s an R Kelly apologist. Sigh… 😐 pic.twitter.com/wO0Mh5VfQ6
— Damon (@geminimoon) January 20, 2019
@fatbellybella there are occasions in life when it is best to have the knowledge to maintain quiet. That live performance in Chicago final night time was one in all them. You’re tremendous acutely aware & every part however this transfer was lower than good. R Kelly has been on individuals’s 💩 listing for some time now and #ErykahBadu
— Leticia 誇らしい奴隷の子孫 (@Morenitasuave) January 20, 2019
I cancelled Erykah Badu when she mentioned she finds empathy in Hilter and Bill Cosby. She been caping for abusers for some time now 🗣🙈
— 🌸 (@HakunaTheFckNot) January 20, 2019
Erykah Badu got here to that live performance final night time pondering that since she in Chicago we was behind R kelly and it was probably the most awkward shit I seen in a minute.
— J 🌺 (@wenttojarrett) January 20, 2019
Erykah Badu was in Chicago for her efficiency and defended R Kelly and his pedophilia. 😭😭😭💔 https://t.co/qeZPIBTFZP
— ESTABLISHED✴Media (@WOCWriters1) January 20, 2019