New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Victory Tabernacle Deliverance Temple in South Carolina Criticized for Playing and Dancing to R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” in Church Service

Mayor Bill de Blasio, at left, participates in the Sunday worship service at Victory Tabernacle Delieverance Temple with Michael Butler, the church’s bishop and the mayor of Orangeburg, S.C. (Bradley Harris / The Times and Democrat)

Democrat New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and congregants at the Victory Tabernacle Deliverance Temple in Orangeburg, South Carolina, are drawing flak for worshiping with embattled R&B singer R. Kelly’s hit song “I Believe I Can Fly.”

De Blasio was reportedly in South Carolina exploring a presidential bid, when he was recorded at the church Sunday by a NY1 reporter flapping his arms along with congregants to the rhythm of Kelly’s hit song from the soundtrack to the 1996 film “Space Jam.”

“I wonder if the @NYCMayor realizes who sings this song #SouthCarolina,” tweeted the NY1 reporter Courtney Gross.

Kelly has been under fire for years for his alleged sexual abuse of young girls and Chicago prosecutors charged him last month with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. In “Surviving R. Kelly,” a six-part Lifetime documentary, filmmakers also interviewed more than 50 people, including the singer’s ex-wife, numerous women, their family members and his former tour manager who all claimed he abused them.

In a now infamous interview with “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King that aired last Wednesday morning, Kelly called his accusers liars who’ve painted him to look like the devil and a monster.

“They was describing Lucifer. I’m not Lucifer. I’m a man. I make mistakes, but I’m not a devil, and by no means am I a monster,” Kelly said.

As many critics criticized the mayor for swinging to the song, others faulted the church for performing it.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair