Women's rights group UltraViolet has introduced plans to fly an airplane towing a banner protesting R. Kelly over Sony Music workplaces in Culver City, California, on Friday, calling on imprint RCA Records to drop the singer.
R. Kelly has confronted widespread allegations of sexual abuse, most lately documented within the explosive Lifetime documentary sequence Surviving R. Kelly. Kelly has denied all accusations in opposition to him.
The banner is scheduled to fly over the foremost label's Southern California headquarters at 11 a.m. native time, studying, "RCA/SONY: DROP SEXUAL PREDATOR R KELLY"
"It is gone time for RCA to dump R Kelly and take a stand in opposition to abuse. Their inaction is past shameful. RCA can not faux that R. Kelly's music may be separated from his violent actions. Kelly makes use of his fame, musical expertise, fortune, and standing within the music business to lure in and abuse younger Black ladies. Even a few of his songs are actually impressed by the abuses he has perpetrated," mentioned Karin Roland, chief campaigns officer at UltraViolet, in an announcement. "Kelly has been in a position to get away together with his years of abuse exactly as a result of his victims are younger Black ladies who face much more limitations to justice than their white friends. Sixty percent of Black women are sexually abused by age 18, however their abuse is written off due to dangerous racial stereotypes that paint Black ladies and ladies as extra sexually promiscuous and aggressive than younger white ladies. We should imagine and assist Black survivors of sexual violence. It is time all of us work alongside the wonderful Black ladies organizers calling out R. Kelly and his enablers to make sure justice."
Last 12 months, UltraViolet spoke up supporting Spotify's resolution to take away R. Kelly from its editorially curated playlists, pushing the corporate to go additional with motion in opposition to different artists accused of sexual misconduct. Spotify finally reversed its resolution to punish artists for such motion. Other activist teams, together with the #MuteRKelly marketing campaign and Women of Color throughout the Time's Up motion, have spoken out in opposition to Kelly and people doing enterprise with him.
UltraViolet additionally experiences tens of hundreds of signees on its petition that RCA drop R. Kelly.
"When document labels like RCA Records and music platforms like Spotify promote abusers, they permit these abusers to reap in earnings, lining their pockets with royalties and increasing their fan base," added Roland. "This normalizes violence in opposition to ladies. We are deeply dissatisfied that in gentle of the great allegations of sexual abuse made public by the Surviving R. Kelly documentary, that RCA Records and Spotify proceed to decide on abusers over the survivors of their crimes."