Erykah Badu Seemingly Defends R. Kelly At Concert, Later Clarifies Comments

Erykah Badu Seemigly Defends R. Kelly at a Chicago Concert: “I’m praying for R.!”

Mama Badu ’bout to teach you a lesson, or so she thought. Singer Erykah Badu is planting her feet on the ground when it comes to her opinions of controversial singer R. Kelly. On numerous occasions, Erykah has seemingly supported and defended R. Kelly amid reports of his sexual abuse and other inappropriate interactions with under-aged women. She insists that she simply takes all sides of a story into account before placing judgement.

However, Erykah recently used her voice to seemingly support R. Kelly again. She performed at the Aragon Ballroom in his hometown of Chicago this past weekend (1/19/2019). The audience both booed and cheered her on after she made the following comments:

“What if one of the people that was assaulted by R. Kelly grows up to be a friend of him? Are y’all gonna crucify them? I mean, how do we do this? It’s just something to think about.”

She continued:

“I’m putting up a prayer right now for R. I hope he sees the light of day if he’s done all these things that we’ve seen on TV and heard those ladies talk about. I hope he sees the light of day and comes forward.”

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{watch} Erykah Badu ‘Defends’ R. Kelly & Says She Sees ‘All Points Of View’ In Concert Erykah Badu, 47, put on quite the performance at her concert in Chicago on Jan. 19, but she got major attention when she stopped to give a speech about R. Kelly, 52, in the middle of the show. The talented singer talked about the current controversy surrounding the R&B artist and the docu-series,Surviving R. Kelly, in which multiple women accused him of years of alleged sexual and domestic assault, but instead of bashing the man in question, Erykah encouraged him to “see the light”. “I’m putting up a prayer right now for R.,” she said on stage in front of her fans. “I hope he sees the light of day if he’s done all those things that we’ve seen on TV and heard those ladies talk about. I hope he sees the light of day and comes forward.” Erykah then went on to talk about what would happen if one of the people who survived alleged abuse by R. Kelly grew up to become an abuser themselves. “Would we crucify them? How do we do this?” she asked. Although Erykah’s speech was clearly meant to try and make a negative situation more positive, many Twitter followers felt like she was defending R. Kelly’s actions and expressed disapproval over her words. “ #Erykahbadu #RKelly #concert #Chicago #freedom #artist #singer #concert #show #controversy #violence #domesticviolence #attack #show

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Concert-goers took to social media in droves that night, commenting on how her rant affected the tone of the show.

Amid the backlash, Erykah Badu issued this statement:

“I love you. Unconditionally.
That doesn’t mean I support your poor choices.
I want healing for you and anyone you have hurt as a result of you being hurt. Is that strange to you ?
That’s all I’ve ever said. Anything else has been fabricated or taken out of context. – eb”

Are Erykah Badu’s latest statements anti-judgement or anti-woman? Let us know in the comments.

Written by Miata Shanay

Authored by: Miata Shanay