R. Kelly

51 Unforgettable Chris Rock Quotes for His 51st Birthday

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The great Chris Rock turns 51 years old on Sunday, and sure, we should’ve made a bigger deal of it last year – but better late than never, especially if it gives us an excuse to share some of our favorite nuggets from the ever-quote-worthy comic, social commentator, and filmmaker. So here are some of his most memorable bits of wisdom from his stand-up act, his book, and his interviews through the years.
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R. Kelly Doesn’t Like Being Asked About Rape

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Who would’ve thought that an interview with R. Kelly would entail questions involving his highly known rape allegations? Not R. Kelly, apparently, as earlier today he bristled when asked by HuffPost Live‘s Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani what he thought of people associating his name with “the multiple lawsuits, the multiple allegations, of you having inappropriate relations—sexual relations—with minors.” 
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Good Luck Listening to ‘The Buffet’ Without Thinking About R. Kelly’s Rape Allegations

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He’s never been convicted, but at this point, you’d have to be living in serious denial to think that R. Kelly doesn’t have a statutory rape problem. Even if you dismiss all the lawsuits, the video, and the on-public-record accounts of his alleged underage lasciviousness, you still have to deal with the documented fact that he illegally married Aaliyah when she was just 15, falsifying her age on the marriage license. And forget about denial; if you think that “marriage” wasn’t consummated, you’re fucking crazy.
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It’s On Them: The Grammys Need to Practice What They Preach About Domestic and Sexual Violence

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Following last year’s mass gay marriage, the Grammys got political again during last night’s ceremony. Beyoncé, Common, and John Legend honored Selma and all that the film represents, while Prince shouted out “Black Lives Matter” from the stage. Sam Smith thanked the man who inspired all his love songs, in the process acknowledging his sexual orientation in pop’s most public arena. Most pointedly, Katy Perry, President Obama, and activist Brooke Axtell presented a three-part PSA and performance against domestic violence and sexual assault. It was a touching gesture, but with Chris Brown, R. Kelly, and Eminem all up for (and, in some cases, winning) awards last night, it also felt disingenuous coming from an Academy — and an industry — that continues to support real assailants.
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From Woody Allen to Bill Cosby, Can We Hear Survivors and Still Honor Legacies?

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Phylicia Rashad is saying that she has been misquoted, that she never said — as was widely reported — “forget those women” when speaking about her TV husband Bill Cosby’s long (and growing) list of accusers.

Instead, she clarifies by saying basically the same thing, with a different emphasis. She wants people to consider the man’s cultural legacy, and not see it ruined. “He’s a genius. He is generous. He’s kind. He’s inclusive,” she explained on an ABC interview. “What I said is, ‘This is not about the women.‘ This is about something else. This is about the obliteration of legacy.’”
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2014: The Year the Outrage Machine Started Eating the Real World

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If you’re inclined to believe #slatepitches, then 2014 was the Year Of Outrage. The Internet’s favorite shrine to contrarianism published an interactive calendar earlier this month wherein one can track, day by day, the things about which we (“we” being liberal American adults on the Internet, basically) were outraged this year. I’m not so sure this year was any different to any other, though: the public has always been fond of being righteously outraged, and for the last few years, at least, the Internet has felt like (and been characterized as) a giant outrage machine. But 2014 did feel like a landmark in one respect: it was the year that the outrage machine proved its power to chew up and spit out people IRL as well as on Twitter or Tumblr. It was a year in which the precipitous fall taken by Bill Cosby, in particular, proved that it’s much, much harder for stars to bury unflattering narratives these days. But the ever-growing power of the angry mob also has pretty terrifying implications if you take an old-fashioned view of what constitutes justice.
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Lifetime’s Disastrous ‘Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B’ Paints Her Teen Marriage to R. Kelly as a ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Story

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During the past year or so, Lifetime’s reputation has changed. Once a network that aired unintentionally funny made-for-TV movies about tragic (but ultimately triumphant!) women and the men who wronged them, it has become a network that now regularly releases weak, pseudo-controversial, and above all, too-awful-for-words biopics about celebrities: the unfathomably bad Liz and Dick, the sleepy and boring Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story, and the utterly shameless The Brittany Murphy Story. The network’s latest mistake is Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, another horrendous mess to throw on top of Lifetime’s growing pile of crap.
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Nobody Asked Sky Ferreira If She Was OK With Terry Richardson (But Now We Know She Is)

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Sky Ferreira is what you’d call an “epic” Facebook user. The lengthy, uncensored explanations she posts there routinely make headlines, in part because she’s typically responding to an accusation made by the media. This time, Sky defends Terry Richardson, the alleged sex abuser of young models/photographer who’s worked with Ferreira since she was 17 with nary an incident of inappropriate behavior. She focuses on her experiences with Richardson, careful not to demean the experiences of other women.
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