I know what you're thinking:
"How on Earth are people still working with this man?!"
R. Kelly, the Ignition rapper, is still signed to Sony Music.
In the Early hours of today, protestors from multiple advocacy groups descended to Sony Music HQ and demand the artist be removed from the label.
A note from the facebook event page for the protest states that
"Lifetime’s ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ is an unignorable investigation into R. Kelly's decades of alleged sexual abuse of young Black women and girls, and those in the music industry that have not only enabled him, but profited from him.
R. Kelly has been able to continue to prey on vulnerable Black girls for so long because companies like RCA - his record label - provide him a revenue stream to maintain his sex trafficking operation and a veneer of public credibility.
With the seriousness of these numerous allegations and their overwhelming credibility, it's past time for RCA and their parent company, Sony, to take a stand and drop R. Kelly from their record label. No company should be profiting from a man who physically, mentally, and sexually abuses Black girls."
The Hollywood Reporter reports that the groups in attendance include but are not limited to
Black Women's Blueprint
Color of Change
Girls for Gender Equity
At this moment, Wednesday Jan. 16, 2019 12:54 p.m. Sony Music has not released any statement about R. Kelly and the protest currently in progress.
RCA Records did make a statement saying they will not be releasing any new music from the artist, until the criminal investigation has concluded.
Although the protest was scheduled for earlier in the day and many individuals may have already left, I am fairly certain this fight is far from over.
What are your thoughts on the R. Kelly situation?
Should The Record Label drop R. Kelly?