R. Kelly shot to the top of Twitter trends Monday morning in wake of more unflattering headlines about his sex life, and the majority of users on the social media platform are pretty grossed out, but not quite surprised.
The R&B star is no stranger to bad press -- a short-lived marriage to 15-year-old Aaliyah, urinating on an underage girl in a sex tape, allegations of sex with other underage girls, and even hitting his ex wife -- but BuzzFeed's bombshell report ups the ante with claims from concerned parents and former employees that Kelly has started a "cult," or sorts, in which he "controls every aspect" of several young women's lives.
The most shocking claims include making sex tapes and showing them to his "inner circle," requiring the girls to ask permission use the bathroom, call him "daddy," physically and verbally abusing them, and even making them wear jogging suits because, according to a former personal assistant, "he doesn’t want their figures to be exposed."
There's plenty to be disgusted by, but what's bothering those weighing in on Twitter more seems to be how the singer has been in so much trouble before for similar offenses and yet he continues to evade legal punishment, and even worse in some minds, the music industry continues to support him.
Take a look at the reactions below.
Oh God, I caught up and now I'm thoroughly grossed out. However, R Kelly has been disgusting literally since I was born.— Meeka McLean (@meekamclean) July 17, 2017
this is disgusting https://t.co/ilNjYHAohb— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) July 17, 2017
I really want to know what is the clinical term for whatever Psychological condition R Kelly has.— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) July 17, 2017
How does the industry still support R. Kelly?— deray mckesson (@deray) July 17, 2017
R. Kelly never changes and his community and industry enable him at every turn.— roxane gay (@rgay) July 17, 2017
R. Kelly has consistently been a predator for the past two decades. Showing the same patterns of behavior and he keeps getting away with it— elexus jionde (@Lexual__) July 17, 2017
BRING BACK OUR GIRLS! https://t.co/Qp80x8U0BX— Janet Mock (@janetmock) July 17, 2017
Girls have killed themselves over R. Kelly. And still in many circles, R. Kelly's largely predatory existence is reduced to a joke.— Shamira the First (@_ShamGod) July 17, 2017
r kelly arguably the worst man alive— valentino (@asapvalentino) July 17, 2017
This R. Kelly story pic.twitter.com/affR6tD3qQ— Ira Madison III (@ira) July 17, 2017
R. Kelly is running a literal cult and keeping women away from their families. Great/horrifying story from Buzzfeed: https://t.co/82kEB927Ef— ⭐ amy o'connor ⭐ (@amyohconnor) July 17, 2017
When you are wake up to R. Kelly trending and just KNOW underaged girls are involved. pic.twitter.com/7UjrxFBusZ— Don't @ Me (@ImStillRealAF) July 17, 2017
R. Kelly is abusive to women? If only there had been warning signs like him literally pissing on a teenage girl.— Twitnter is Coming (@OhNoSheTwitnt) July 17, 2017
Reading that R Kelly article and seeing red. Anybody still defending him in 2017 is canceled— Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) July 17, 2017
"wow those parents fucked up" is a very bad take on the R. Kelly story— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) July 17, 2017
Fuck R. Kelly and fuck everyone who supports him, enables him, stands by his side.— Jamilah Lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) July 17, 2017
I'll never understand R.Kelly apologists. Besides being a piece of shit, he hasn't made any music that's worth a damn in 15 years.— Larry Beyince (@DragonflyJonez) July 17, 2017
Also what on earth are these parents doing APPROACHING R. Kelly with their teenage daughters in tow? For a shot at stardom?— Humma Cavula (@Tony_Be) July 17, 2017
I’m not here to debate.— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) July 17, 2017
I’m just hoping we value black women enough to FINALLY stop supporting dude. Seriously.https://t.co/dckRXADr7C
Look, at this point you can't pretend you don't know about R. Kelly. The shit is documented. You're just being willfully ignorant.— Khal Draghoe (@brownandbella) July 17, 2017
I can't explain how or why people keep taking their children to R. Kelly so don't ask me. I'm 26 years into a world of no about him.— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) July 17, 2017