Pastor and award-winning Gospel artist Deitrick Haddon sent a note of encouragement to his “big bro”, troubled R&B singer R. Kelly, via Instagram recently. In response to a photo R. Kelly posted on Sunday which showed him speaking with his “second mom” at her church in his hometown of Chicago, Haddon wrote that he was praying for Kelly, assured him that God is not through with him, and urged him to say “yes” to God in obedience to His will. Haddon’s message to R. Kelly is a particularly timely one since Monday morning brought the news that a subset of the Hollywood-based Time’s Up movement, Women of Color (WOC), threw its support behind the #MuteRKelly campaign, bolstering its momentum. The purpose of the boycott is to bring an investigation into the singer and end his music career due to the multiple sex assault/”sex cult” allegations leveled against him over two decades. Already, the public outcry against R. Kelly, increased by the addition of this chorus of new voices, has had a significant impact on his livelihood with several of his planned concerts having been canceled. R. Kelly issued a quick response to the campaign launched against him. In a charged statement, the singer called it a ‘public lynching’ and continued to deny all accusations of sexual abuse. However, no one can deny that where there’s smoke there’s fire. And in this horrible situation surrounding R. Kelly, there sure is a whole lot of smoke.
Read Deitrick Haddon’s full comment below:
– Dante Spellman