Kirk Franklin Doubles Down On His ‘It’s Hard To Separate The Artist From The Art’ Remarks While Speaking On R. Kelly’s Recent 30-Year Prison Sentence
Choirmaster Kirk Franklin has offered up his opinion on the cancellation of musical artist R. Kelly following his recent sentencing for sexually abusing minors.
According to reports, Kirk Franklin is the latest public figure to address R. Kelly’s sentencing in his federal racketeering and sex trafficking case in Brooklyn, New York. The famed choir director was asked if fans should still listen to R. Kelly’s music after his immoral actions. Kirk Franklin, 52, responded:
“I think it’s very difficult to separate the artist from the art and I think that’s why the microphone is a very responsible thing. Even with myself because I’ve made mistakes, and I have to be able to be responsible to know that to whom much is given, much is required.”
The gospel artist continued:
“We don’t put ourselves above people because all of us could make mistakes, but it is important to know that when we do, a lot of times the trust is broken. We have to be responsible for that trust.”
As previously reported, defamed R&B singer R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison after being found guilty on nine counts, including sex trafficking and racketeering. The racketeering charge reportedly held 14 acts of sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, bribery, and sex trafficking.
In addition, the 55-year-old “Ignition” singer was ordered to undergo serious counseling and restrictions in the case that he’s released from prison, which includes sexual disorder therapy.
Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) Brooklyn placed Kelly on suicide watch following the musician’s 30-year prison sentence. He is currently off suicide watch in prison due to his lawyers advocating for him on his behalf.
Kelly’s lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean, claims it was more of a punishment than a result of his actions, and being placed on suicide watch violated his rights. A judge reportedly agreed on the matter, forcing the detention center to free the artist from isolation immediately.
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