Time’s Up Has Launched Boycott Against R. Kelly Following Sexual Assault Allegations
Women of color who are a part of Time’s Up, the anti-sexual harassment initiative, have started a boycott against R. Kelly and his music on Monday, due to recent allegations of sexual abuse against him.
Time’s Up released a statement on their social media sites staring, “We demand appropriate investigations and inquiries into the allegations of R. Kelly’s abuse made by women of color and their families for over two decades now. And we declare with great vigilance and a united voice to anyone who wants to silence us: Their time is up.”
A representative of R. Kelly told Buzzfeed that these allegations are false. “R. Kelly supports the pro-women goals of the Time’s Up movement. We understand criticizing a famous artist is a good way to draw attention to those goals — and in this case, it is unjust and off-target.”
“We fully support the rights of women to be empowered to make their own choices,” the rep
added. “Time’s Up has neglected to speak with any of the women who welcome R. Kelly’s support, and it has rushed to judgment without the facts.”
The campaign has been using the hashtag #MuteRKelly, in order to boycott him. It originally started last year but gained popularity from celebrities on Monday, including Ava DuVernay, Shonda Rhimes, John Legend and Questlove.
We join the call to #MuteRKelly and insist on the safety + dignity of all women. We demand investigations into R. Kelly’s abuse allegations made by women of color + their families for two decades. We call on those who profit from his music to cut ties. #MuteRKelly #TIMESUP #WOC pic.twitter.com/TYmDRVIH00
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 30, 2018
We join the call to #MuteRKelly and insist on the safety + dignity of all women. We demand investigations into R. Kelly’s abuse allegations made by women of color + their families for two decades. We call on those who profit from his music to cut ties. #MuteRKelly #TIMESUP #WOC https://t.co/RTco2ZeetZ
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) April 30, 2018
— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 30, 2018
— T’Questlove (@questlove) April 30, 2018
Time’s Up is also boycotting companies and produce or sell his music such as, RCA Records, Ticketmaster, Spotify and Apple Music.