What is the Assange/R. Kelly connection?
In 2008 R. Kelly was found not guilty on 14 counts of child pornography charges with a thirteen year old African American who was suspected to be his Goddaughter.
A couple of weeks ago, on The Facebook a homie made a comment about R. Kelly’s genius, and a conversation ensued about just sorta being conflicted over him.
It’s bugged. In terms of R.Kelly, if the issue were Race/Rather than Gender, I don’t think we would be so ambivalent.
To put it another way:
Could we really rock to some music made by a Brilliant Racist, rather than a Brilliant Pedophile?
…R. Kelly Married Aaliyah when she was 15. We *Been* knew he was wrong.
Why is sexual domination acceptable for men artists who are labeled genius?
Then again, sexual domination often goes unchallenged on the day to day, so I just kinda answered my own question. 0.O"
— Excerpt from Misogny and Genius: R Kelly and Julian Assange by Renina Jarmon via New Model Minority.com, December 27th 2010.