After the release of Lifetime’s damning R. Kelly docuseries, in addition to new criminal investigations lodged in opposition to the musician, Erykah Badu has provided considerably of a defensive stance about his complicated authorized state of affairs. Specifically, throughout a Saturday night live performance in Chicago, the songstress informed her viewers to indicate Kelly some peace and understanding. “I dunno how everyone else feels about it however I’m placing up a prayer proper now for R,” she said, per The Guardian. “I hope he sees the sunshine of day if he finished all these issues that we’ve seen on TV and heard these women speak about. I hope he sees the sunshine of day and comes ahead.” When followers booed in response, Badu expounded a bit additional, clarifying that she’s not asking for complete forgiveness per se:
What y’all say, fuck him? That’s not love. That’s not unconditional love. But what if one of many folks that was assaulted by R Kelly grows as much as be an offender, we gonna crucify them?
They ’bout to R Kelly me to loss of life on the web, I’m like goddamn. I simply need peace and light-weight for everyone and therapeutic for many who are harm as a result of everybody concerned has been harm, victimised in some kinda method. Love for everyone.”
As Badu predicted, Internet backlash about her feedback was swift, and he or she provided a follow-up tweet that seemingly addressed Kelly. “I like you. Unconditionally,” she wrote. “That doesn’t imply I help your selections.”
Kelly is at the moment on the receiving finish of two criminal investigations. These investigations, in Atlanta and Chicago, respectively, have been prompted because of the high-profile aftermath of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly. Multiple households of Kelly’s alleged victims have been placing strain on native authorities within the two states to analyze claims of sexual misconduct.