Nick Cannon Apologizes for Working With R. Kelly
Nick Cannon is the latest musician to come forward and offer his remorse for working with R. Kelly.
Kelly has been the topic of conversation since the airing of the three-part docuseries Surviving R. Kelly last week. The documentary featured several women detailing their harrowing experience of alleged abuse by Kelly.
On Thursday (Jan. 10), Cannon went on Instagram and apologized for working with the embattled singer. For those who don’t know, the rapper-entertainer collaborated with Kelly on his 2003 song “Gigolo.”
"After much self reflection and meditation, I have to be one of the first to admit that in my past I’ve DEFINITELY turned a blind eye to a lot of darkness in this industry," he writes. "Let’s stop beating around the bush and call it what it is. This entire industry was established and built by evil and predatorily spirits and male chauvinistic behavior."
"And since the recent media outrage pertaining to @RKELLY I have realized that the REAL issue at hand is the ultimate lack of care and disrespect for our QUEENS," he continued. "For far too long we have treated women like second class citizens, when in actuality they are the source, our core, and the Superior beings. But our insecurities, Egos, and lack of love has tried to prove otherwise. Therefore we have SEVERAL cases where we allow entertainers, executives, and every day individuals abuse and mistreat our life bearers and beautiful equals.
"It is no secret how men have misused their power to manipulate young emerging pop stars to seasoned hollywood actresses and everyone in between," he added. "I have personally witnessed it and will no longer be silent about it. It’s not dry snitching, it’s a paradigm shift. I’m not judging ANY man for his past or his private actions because I too am a guilty sinner of the blatant disrespect even in some of the statements in the song above. But From Individuals like Les Moonves, Harvey Weinstein, Steven Tyler, R. Kelly, Elvis and others, I must say we have to deal with this sickness head on."
Cannon concluded, "The real leaders and Bosses must step up and be MEN! And I will be one of the first to say on behalf of all men, I am Sorry. Please consider an advocate, ally and student that needs guidance in an industry that was designed to take advantage of women. Let’s change it ALL immediately. And call it all to the table for our ignorance, wrong doings and disrespect. I apologize my Queens."
Cannon joins other music artists like John Legend, Chance the Rapper, Common and others who have denounced R. Kelly and his alleged behavior towards women.
You can read Nick Cannon's full missive below.
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