Shame on Gaga for Gallivanting About With the Likes of R. Kelly
This weekend, Lady Gaga hosted and was the musical guest for waning funny variety show Saturday Night Live. She was actually pretty funny in her skits, proving she is multi-talented. But, what everyone is talking about is not her acting skills but her vomit inducing performance with child molester R. Kelly.
From the picture, you can tell that Lady Gaga wants RKels to “do what he wants” with her body. I wonder if that includes peeing on it…
We already brought up the fact a few weeks ago that the show just isn’t that funny anymore. Not only that, they tend to play to all the wrong stereotypes of racial minorities and women. Lady Gaga’s judgment came into question when she simulated sex (and a whole bunch of other nastiness) with hip hop’s foremost sex abuser, R. Kelly. The clip is below. Be forewarned, you will never be able to unsee this.
So, umm, yeah. That’s what happened.
I really have no words for Lady Gaga at this point. The song sucks. She looks foolish. And, I mean, wow with all of that.
Now, this was truly serendipitous timing as I got into a Twitter debate with several people this weekend about R. Kelly. The question was raised about the black community’s support for R. Kelly. After being accused of sex with a minor (rape) in the early 2000s and child pornography – when video of the rape went viral – R. Kelly continued with his music career. According to reports of the trial, the girl in the video might have been as young as 13-years-old.
Other accounts of Robert “The Pedophile” Kelly’s philandering show that this was no one-time mistake. Many have said that he obviously has a psychological issue surrounding sex and underage women.
But, between being accused and awaiting trial, Kelly released such bedroom hits as “Ignition (Remix)” and “Trapped In the Closet.” So, he wasn’t exactly trying to appear innocent of having a sex problem. And, people bought that crap. I mean, it was like he wasn’t standing trial for recording himself while raping a child. His defense was simply, “It wasn’t me.” We all saw the video. It was most certainly him.
Excuses I have heard have ranged from “That’s in his past,” “Don’t cast stones,” “But, the music is really good,” to “You have to divorce the music from the person,”and “She probably wanted to have sex with him.” Aside from the fact that none of us knows this rapist personally so we have no clue what is in his past, projecting the rape onto the victim does not release him of any guilt. Since when is a 13-15 year-old capable of convincing a man in his thirties (with children her age by the way) that he should have sex with her, pee on her, and, oh, not forget to get the whole thing on tape? This high school student persuaded this poor, unsuspecting multi-millionaire Grammy award winning singer to commit a felony? Miss me with that.
In the end, Lady Gaga’s flopping around on stage like an electrocuted cat and simulating sex with the lowest excuse for a human being in the R&B industry goes to show that larger society truly doesn’t give a crap about the status of black women. Gaga’s entire platform – supporting those who are different and especially those in the LGBTQ community – is undermined by her aligning herself with an out and out abuser of black women.
How can Lady Gaga stand with one oppressed group and then (metaphorically) shit on another? Pardon my French but I really have no tolerance for rape apologists. Not to mention the fact that R. Kelly and Gaga have no true consumer intersections so the collaboration was nothing more than appropriation in the first place. R. Kelly, in addition to subjugating and raping black women, has, with this song, given white people permission to think that that’s okay with all of us. I mean, we keep buying his music right? So, why shouldn’t they?
Personally, I am done with Lady Gaga forever. I haven’t supported R. Kelly since the news dropped so there really is nothing more to do there.
Word is that little white girl heartthrob Justin Bieber teamed up with The Pedophile too. See a pattern forming anyone?
Like I said on Twitter this weekend, we (in the black community) are too willing to swallow other people’s vomit rather than having nothing to eat at all. And, frankly, I am just not in the business of ingesting puke. Are you?
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