Los Angeles, CA – Common was not too long ago stopped by TMZ on the Los Angeles International Airport the place he was requested in regards to the Surviving R. Kelly documentary and Kelly’s alleged victims. He was emphatic the black neighborhood failed to face up for the younger girls concerned.
“If it wasn’t simply black girls that R. Kelly had been molesting and abusing, if it wasn’t simply black girls, he would’ve been attacked by the system another way,” he stated. “Meaning, the system doesn’t have a worth for black girls the best way they do white girls or simply different nationalities.”
While he approached either side with compassion, he insisted what occurred to the ladies in Kelly’s circle was completely unacceptable.
“Let me say this, clearly R. Kelly — from every little thing we’ve seen and what we’re listening to — has points that has to essentially, actually be labored on, some deep and darkish, heavy points,” he continued. “I’m not one to guage him, however I’m not condoning that ever. I really feel for the survivors, man I simply really feel quite a lot of compassion.
“We failed as a neighborhood as a result of we knew that these items had been occurring. Instead of making an attempt to be like, ‘Yo, let’s resolve this case and free these younger women and cease this factor that’s happening. We simply was like, ‘Man, we simply rocking to the music.’”
Common additionally admits he’s simply as culpable however is grateful issues are beginning to change.
“I’m responsible of that myself,” he stated. “I didn’t cease and converse in opposition to it. R. Kelly from my hometown. At the tip of the day, he’s a human being and he has his points and we see that, however I can’t condone that and I shouldn’t be permitting that to occur. We failed our communities as black folks. We ought to’ve been caring about our younger women, however we’re stopping that cycle and I believe persons are conscious. We dwell and study.”
Surviving R. Kelly brought about a Twitter firestorm following the January three premiere. The six-part docu-series aired for 3 nights, culminating with the finale on Saturday (January 5). Consequently, the disgraced R&B celebrity is threatening to “sue all people’ concerned.
He additionally plans to launch a web site particularly to discredit the accusers interviewed for the documentary.