Petition Calls for R. Kelly’s Removal From Soulquarius Festival Lineup 2017
Soulquarius Festival 2017 recently announced the lineup with list of artists on the bill, which includes The Internet, Erykah Badu, DMX,The Pharcyde, Too Short, Ja Rule and more. The festival’s booking of R. Kelly is already coming under viral. A Change.org petition has been launched in an attempt to remove the controversial singer from the bill.
The petition’s creator, Jamie Thompson, says giving R. Kelly such a platform is a mistake. Thompson suggests that it is not possible to separate the man from the music.
“2017 is around the corner and many of us still have to look on in disgust as a proven predator, rapist, and serial abuser of young Black girls and women remains embraced in the world of music,’ the petition states. “Stop booking this man. Stop supporting this man. There’s great power in having a voice. Let’s send a message that the music is not ‘separate’ and the abuse of girls and women is *never* okay, no matter who you are or how many timeless ballads you’ve contributed to the world.”