R. Kelly

‘White Panties’: Why Does R. Kelly Keep Getting Away with It?

If you’re someone who enjoys R. Kelly’s music, you may be excited to learn that he is planning a “sequel” to last year’s album Black Panties, to be entitled, with crushing inevitability, White Panties. If, like me, you are one of those people who wonders exactly who R. Kelly needs to piss on before somebody decides enough is enough, you may find yourself asking something along the lines of, “What the actual fuck?” It’s barely three months since the Village Voice published Jessica Hopper’s interview with Jim DeRogatis, wherein the decades’ worth of allegations of Kelly’s alleged sexual abuse of underage girls were laid out in excruciating detail. Again. And it’s like it never happened. … Read More

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Is the Christina Aguilera Version of “Do What U Want” Lady Gaga’s Attempt to Distance Herself From R. Kelly?

The more I listen to pop music, the less I try to parse the songwriting. Not to be a rockist, but it’s difficult for me to find poignancy in a song written by a team of five to six songwriters, even when — as in the case of Lady Gaga’s “Do What U Want” — the themes are blunt and heavy-handed. Not that I paid much attention to any deeper meanings the first few times I heard the song. With the song’s pretty basic title and the collaboration with erotic-crooner R. Kelly, I wrote off the song as a catchy tune about sex, particularly sexual agency, underscored by the repeated line, “You can’t have my mind.” … Read More

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Lena Dunham Had Another Bad Night With Feminists and Anti-Feminists on Twitter

A couple of days ago, Amanda Hess at Slate published a piece on artists who collaborate with “creeps.” The immediate targets of her analysis were Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, both of whom have recently added creep collaborations to their respective bodies of work. Gaga did that duet with R.Kelly — which really takes the cake in terms of creep collaborations, to be fair to everyone else I’m about to mention — and one of the parade of Beyoncé videos from last week was directed by a Mr. Terry Richardson. In passing, Hess happened to mention that Lena Dunham, the unwilling patron saint of Internet fighting, had recently gone on a tear about how Gaga should not have collaborated with R. Kelly: … Read More

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How Should We Talk About Artists Like R. Kelly?

Jessica Hopper’s excellent interview with Jim DeRogatis, the journalist who originally brought to light the sexual assault allegations against R. Kelly in the early 2000s, has pretty much blown up the Internet this week — she tweeted earlier today that the piece has hit a million page views in a little over 25 hours — and thrown the light firmly back onto the realities of Kelly’s ongoing fascination with underage girls. It’s also started a debate over how anyone could support the work of a person accused of such things. … Read More

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R. Kelly Is Making a Christmas Album

R. Kelly is going to make Christmas 2014 very uncomfortable for all of us: he plans to release an album… Read More

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Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Read R. Kelly Lyrics on ‘Jimmy Kimmel’

Jimmy Kimmel must’ve realized he had a golden opportunity when he had two of the Internet’s favorite celebrities, Benedict Cumberbatch… Read More

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More Chapters of ‘Trapped in the Closet’ Are Coming to IFC in 2014

R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet is probably our generation’s Rex Morgan or Prince Valiant, those dramatic comics that showed up… Read More

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The Most Cringe-Worthy Sex Metaphors on R. Kelly’s ‘Black Panties’

Your correspondent has just finished listening to the stream of R. Kelly’s Black Panties, an experience that’s best approximated as someone greasing up to you on the dance floor at a questionable club and starting to hump your leg, or rubbing a prominent erection up against you on the subway. (You can insert your own “stream” joke here, too.) The album encompasses 18 songs and lasts well over an hour, and since basically every track is about R.’s prowess in bed, he’s had to be creative in how he approaches his subject matter. Luckily, we’re dealing with the master of the hilariously silly sex metaphor here, and predictably, this album isn’t short on ridiculous ways to describe sex. From lobsters and Oreos to lava and motorcycles, we’ve collected the funniest. … Read More

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