Monday, May 29, 2006

Heaven, I Need Some Prison Time





















“Why am I not in jail?”


I’ve got a few questions.

Why is R. Kelly still walking free? I’m not going to give this topic a whole lot of Blaxplanation space but I was just wondering about that. How many already-famous people can make a pornographic video containing themselves and an underage girl, have that video be bootlegged and widely distributed, and still remain remarkably unconvicted? And why don’t black folks seem to care?

I realize that we’re an exceptionally forgiving people – particularly with one another. Marion Barry was re-elected AFTER he smoked crack on tape. Ray Nagin was recently re-elected after he failed the city of New Orleans during its greatest time of need. The “Reverend” Jesse Jackson’s “Love Child” debacle doesn’t appear to have hurt him. I just can’t understand the amazing amount of tolerance that we’re showing a full-fledged sexual predator. Can Stepping in the Name of Love really serve as such a distraction that we’re giving this cat a free pass?

A few years ago, when the R. Kelly sex vid first emerged, I was talking to a sister who absolutely LOVES him. Interestingly, she wasn’t at all put off by the tape (she had seen it). Her argument was that these “young girls” know exactly what they’re doing when they chase after a celebrity. In her opinion, it was a victimless crime.

I mean, I LOVE Prince. He’s a visionary, a musical genius, etc. But if there was a video tape circulating around the country with him (forgive me) peeing on the face of a minor, I would have to abandon him. At the very least, I would expect him to have the humility to not follow up his shameful act with an album called, “The Chocolate Factory”. Sorry, but I can’t listen to a disc, no matter how well made, with R. Kelly exploring his sexuality anymore.

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7 Comments:

At 11:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The entire R. Kelly debacle is just plain ridiculous on so many levels. I'm in total agreement with you as to why this pedophile isn't in jail. And it is extremely alarming as to why our people accept this behavior. Let's explore it even deeper. Where in the HELL are the parents? I mean, come on, WHO in the world doesn't know that their teenage daughter is dating a mega-star/millionaire? It's just pathetic and shameful to to me that they haven't stepped forward either.

 
At 1:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man I hear and understand what you are saying but in this particular case why limit it to R. Kelly and other black stars. I mean come on as your previous commentor stated where are the parents and why the hell does society in general put up with crap. I mean all races have to deal with sex tapes, sex with minors and any other dispicable things that having "celebrity" status supposedly entitles one to? R. Kelly I agree totally with then on the flip side we have to deal with the daily spoils of the Hilton sisters come on where are their parents when Paris had her sex tape paraded around the world. Yet we still (myself included) support the Hilton family daily by staying in their hotels and inflating their welath. This also enables Paris & Nicki to enjoy and continue with their lifestyles. Back on the black side of the workd even Beyonce's family allowed her under aged sister to marry Mr. Basketball and we all have to knwo that it'll only last until the next good-looking piece of ass comes either way.

 
At 9:52 PM , Anonymous -G said...

I agree with you on this topic. It is hard to believe that people continue to listen to his music.

 
At 3:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm done with Robert. I can't hear a song of his without thinking about that whole thing.

 
At 2:14 AM , Blogger Pheras said...

I can't understand one thing about rappers. They explicitly admit that they've commited crimes on their songs and so on. Why the hell aren't they prosecuted? Is it fair?

 
At 4:30 PM , Blogger Clifton said...

People continue to listen to R. Kelly's music for the same reason they still follow Jesse Jackson or vote for crooked and failed politicians. Black people more than any other people allow status to override moral value. Why can drug dealers walk around our neighborhoods like superstars while they are killing us? Why can ministers fornicate with everyone woman and man in the church and still get a packed house? How did people like Baby from Cash Money make millions just by bragging on his cars? The answer is status rules all in our community.

 
At 8:17 PM , Anonymous deeweezie said...

I believe that anyone still supporting R. Kelly should take a moment to rethink where their morals lie.

 

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