I’ll admit I felt some type of way about seeing R. Kelly in the pulpit at New Hope Baptist Church Saturday afternoon.
While Kelly is a prolific songwriter and penned one of Houston’s hits (‘I Look to You’), seeing him standing there, looking like Brother Malcolm, and singing his heart out just didn’t feel right to me.
Although he was acquitted of child molestation charges, the tapes don’t lie. And every time I hear an R. Kelly song or see his face, I can’t divorce the idea of him peeing on a young girl from his sexed up songs. As a matter of fact, it makes me feel bad for even listening to his music…so I don’t even bother.
Apparently, my ambivalent feelings toward Kelly performing at Houston’s funeral was shared by many others.
Cultural critic and professor Dr. Boyce Watkins recently chatted with Dr. Christopher House about whether or not R. Kelly should have been allowed center stage Saturday afternoon. Their conversation led to an interesting conversation about forgiveness, redemption, how we view our performers and entertainers, and protecting our young girls.
Watch their conversation and let us know what you think.