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As increasing numbers of survivors have stepped forward to detail recounts of alleged abused over the last 25 years, radio hosts and DJs in the US are collectively taking part in the #MuteRKelly movement.
Jerold Jackson, Cumulus Media Program Director / Managing Director, removed a plaque given to him by R. Kelly himself at a National Black Programmers Coalition. He’s also removed Kelly’s music from playlists at KRRQ 95.5 and KNEK 104.3.
“Do we care about women? Do we care about our audience? That’s where I am as a program director,” he told Buzzfeed News.
Just one week after the Lifetime channel aired its explosive six-part Surviving R. Kelly docu-series, official investigations were reportedly launched into the disgraced R&B singer and his closest allies.
R. Kelly’s music has also been axed from playlists by New York-based DJ Olivia Dope; Skip Dillard, an operations manager at WBLS and WLIB in New York; the Tom Joyner Morning Show (which attracts 8 million listeners a week); and Chicago’s 95.1.