Separation Anxiety

Robert Sylvester Kelly was the focus of a docu-series that aired over the weekend on Lifetime. The six-part series aired Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in two hour segments each night at 9 o’clock and each night social media was on fire! Everyone shared their disgust, their support, their excuses, and other grievances in real time. Despite all of us having known R. Kelly was a pedophile since he began his career we continued to listen to his music and supported his career. Face it, without money an elaborate setup such as the one Kelly allegedly has can’t exist. We’re all guilty of supporting R. Kelly by streaming his music, going to his concerts, and so on. For those who remember Columbia House or BMG Music, I ordered a free copy of R. Kelly’s Chocolate Factory through the mail and jammed that album as well. I didn’t purchase but as a rising college student at the time I jammed the copy I had made and sung Feelin’ On Your Booty and laughed at the end with Robert.

The problem that some are suffering from is separation anxiety. This mental health concern is recognized by recurrent excessive distress when separation from a major attachment figure occurs or is anticipated. Persistent and excessive worry about losing, or about possible harm befalling, major attachment figure(s). Persistent and excessive worry that an untoward event will lead to separation from a major attachment figure. Let’s break these three symptoms down as it relates to R. Kelly and his supporters. First, an R. Kelly supporter is someone who listens to his music, someone who victim-blames, denies claims, makes excuses for his pedophiliac and abusive behavior. By these standards there are people who are more worried about what will happen to R. Kelly and his well-being then they are about the PTSD his victims endured. They are more worried that R. Kelly will be broke, destitute, or simply never be able to make music again then they are about their sisters, their aunts, their daughters, their friends, and any other Black women in their lives. 

Why are people so afraid to let go of his music? A “musical genius” writing songs detailing his heinous acts is not anything worth listening to. If you’re listening to R. Kelly in 2019, you’re going out of your way to listen to his music because he hasn’t released any new music in quite some time. I can’t remember the last time I heard a song by R. Kelly. It seems like only another pedophile would want to listen to the sexual exploits of another pedophile. All of you who rushed to watch the “sex tape” condoning child pornography are sick. You needed to watch the to make sure it was Robert Kelly? You were never going to be asked to be on the jury back in 2006. The same people that support R. Kelly are the same people who would send him their daughter to replace the next child just so they can get another “Black Panties” or a “Seems Like You’re Ready”. How can you sleep knowing he’s home alone bumping a grinding on teenage girls who want to commit suicide because he wants to go half on a baby? You can’t turn back the hands of time when a women’s fed up, and this time…it’s up. #MuteRKelly

“But I don’t know, if it’s what you want, baby.” – R. Kelly (Naked)

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