Erykah Badu Offers ‘Prayer’ for R. Kelly During Chicago Show


Erykah Badu is sparking controversy following her remarks about R. Kelly.

While on stage at Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on Saturday (Jan. 19), Badu stopped her efficiency to deal with R. Kelly amid accusations made in opposition to the R&B singer in Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly” docuseries.

“I don’t know the way all people else really feel about it, however I’m sending up a prayer proper now for R,” she informed the gang. “I hope he sees the sunshine of day if he completed all of the issues that we’ve seen on TV.”

The feedback didn’t go over nicely with many of the viewers, who boo’d and chanted “Fuck R. Kelly.” In response to the disapproval, Badu informed the gang: “That’s not love. It’s not unconditional love.”

She continued to share sympathy for Kelly, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by quite a few ladies. “What if one of many people who was assaulted by R. Kelly grows as much as be an offender?” she requested. “We gon’ crucify them? How will we do that? Just one thing to consider.”

After the boos mounted, Badu realized that her feedback would go viral. “They about to R. Kelly me to demise on the web. Oh my God,” she continued. “They about to construct a wall to demise. I simply need peace in life for everyone and therapeutic for everybody. Healing for many who had been damage, ’trigger all people concerned has been damage, victimized in some form of manner.”

Her remarks set off a firestorm on social media. In response to the backlash, Badu took to Twitter to make clear. “I really like you. Unconditionally,” she tweeted. “That doesn’t imply I assist your poor decisions. I would like therapeutic for you and anybody you might have damage on account of you being damage. Is that unusual to you? That’s all I’ve ever mentioned. Anything else has been fabricated or taken out of context.”

This just isn’t the primary time Badu has spoken out about R. Kelly. In 2015, she launched the singer on the Soul Train Awards, the place she mentioned he “has completed extra for black folks than anybody,” in line with SPIN.

She has additionally made headlines prior to now for her controversial remarks about Adolf Hitler. During an interview with Vulture, she sympathized with the Nazi chief. “I’m not an anti-Semitic particular person,” she mentioned. “I don’t even know what anti-Semitic was earlier than I used to be referred to as it. I’m a humanist. I see good in all people. I noticed one thing good in Hitler.”