Petition Urges for Removal of R. Kelly at Soulquarius Festival

According to reports, a petition demanding to remove R. Kelly from performing at the Soulquarius Festival is gaining steam.

Hip Hop DX writes:

However, less than 24 hours after the lineup was announced, a petition has surfaced on calling for R. Kelly to be removed from the festival. The petition, titled “Kick R.Kelly’s rapist ass off the SOULQUARIUS lineup,” has garnered more than 1,000 signatures since it launched. The goal is currently set at 1,500.

The writeup for the petition reads:

“The Observatory venue of Orange County released an awesome lineup for their SOULQUARIUS event February 18th, with the exception of R.Kelly. Despite an endless flood of abuse allegations and widespread knowledge of his notorious ‘romance’ with the late singer Aaliyah, who was age 15 to his 27 years, Kelly has maintained a relatively successful career. It’s this sort of nonchalance and casual embrace of abusers that rests at the fulcrum of rape culture, violence against women, and in this case, misogynoir. 2017 is around the corner and many of us still have to look on in disgust as a proven predator, rapist, and serial abuser of young Black girls and women remains embraced in the world of music. Stop booking this man. Stop supporting this man. There’s great power in having a voice. Let’s send a message that the music is not ‘separate’ and the abuse of girls and women is *never* okay, no matter who you are or how many timeless ballads you’ve contributed to the world.”

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  1. They probably aren’t going to cancel his performance. Sadly even seeing him rape and pee on a child on tape isn’t enough for some people.

  2. I can’t even listen to his music now because now I’m always thinking he’s singing about underage girls. Sick.

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