R. Kelly has proudly boasted that his career is too big to be halted by the#MuteRKelly campaign, which aims to end his career as a result of the sexual assault allegations levied against him over the years.
Earlier this month, the #MuteRKelly campaign resurfaced, with Women of Color of Time’s Up – which “aims to organise around issues that are especially important to women and girls of colour” – calling for an end to the controversial entertainer’s career, and pointing out the highly inappropriate acts he has been accused of over the years.
Within days, numerous streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora all removed the artist’s work from their playlists (but not from their platforms entirely) in accordance with new policies that aim to stop promoting music which could be considered hateful or harmful.
“Pandora’s policy is to not actively promote artists with certain demonstrable behavioral, ethical or criminal issues,” explained a spokesperson for Pandora. “We approach each of these scenarios on a case–by–case basis to ensure we address components true to Pandora’s principles while not overreaching and avoiding censorship.”
Now, as Rolling Stone reports, a Facebook live video has surfaced showing R. Kelly speaking to a crowded room while he boasts that all attempts to curtail his career are “too late” and that he is “handcuffed by [his] destiny”.