Singer Erykah Badu was booed on stage and lambasted online after she defended rapper R Kelly at her concert on Saturday night.
Speaking to a crowd at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, Badu reportedly criticized the widespread outrage against the R&B singer in the wake of Lifetime’s damning documentary Surviving R Kelly, which details decades of alleged sex abuse and misconduct.
I hope he sees the light of day if he’s done all those things that we’ve seen on TV and heard those ladies talk aboutErykah Badu
But y’all say ‘fuck it!’ See, that’s not love. That’s not unconditional. But what if one of the people that was assaulted by R. Kelly grows up to be an offender, we gonna crucify them? I mean how do we do this? Just something to think aboutErykah Badu
Erykah Badu feeling the heat from social media came out with a statement to clarify more on why she made her comments at the concert.
“They ’bout to R. Kelly me to death on the internet, I’m like god damn,” she said. She then called for “peace” and “healing for those who were hurt, because everybody involved has been hurt and victimized in some kind of way.”
“I love you. Unconditionally. That doesn’t mean I support your poor choices,” she wrote. “That’s all I’ve ever said. Anything else has been fabricated or taken out of context.”
At the 2015 Soul Train Awards, Badu introduced Kelly and said that he “has done more for black people than anyone” despite his history of alleged abuse. Last year, she gave a controversial in-depth interview with David Marchese where she discussed XXXTentacion, Bill Cosby, and Hitler. “I see good in everybody,” she said. “I saw something good in Hitler…Hitler was a wonderful painter.”
One person wrote that it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Badu made the remarks, given opinions she’s shared previously.
‘Erykah Badu is the same woman who said young girls are responsible for how grown men look and behave towards them, that girls should “lower their skirts”… is anyone really shocked she has a “both sides” love him regardless view on the topic of R Kelly and his nasty ways?’ they wrote.
The tweet was in reference to a Twitter rant Badu went on in 2016, based off a New Zealand school making high school girls wear longer skirts so they’re less likely to ‘distract’ male students and teachers.
Badu was forced to defend herself for weeks after posting: ‘I agree. We are sexual beings. We should consider everyone. Young girls are attractive. Some males are distracted.’