He’s making himself clear. In the final installment of Lifetime’s groundbreaking docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, Chance The Rapper was featured in a clip from a previous interview where he had spoken out about the R&B singer’s alleged transgressions with underage women. Chance quickly came under fire by fans who took to social media for dragging him after it seemed like Chance said that the reason why he didn’t believe the allegations against R. Kelly was because his accusers were black women — and now, he’s clarifying his comments in an official statement.
“The quote was taken out of context, but the truth is any of us who ever ignored the R. Kelly stories, or ever believed he was being set up/attacked by the system (as black men often are) we’re doing so at the detriment of black women and girls,” Chance, 25, wrote in a statement on Twitter. “I apologize to all of his survivors for working with him and for taking this long to speak out.”
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) January 6, 2019
In Episode 6 of Surviving R. Kelly, Chance appeared via a clip of a Cassius interview that was conducted in May 2018. “Making a song with R. Kelly was a mistake,” the rapper said about his 2015 collaboration with R. Kelly on the song, “Somewhere In Paradise.” “I didn’t value the accusers’ stories, like, because they were black women. I made a mistake.”
But upon reviewing the full interview, which was reposted via Rolling Stone, Chance made that comment as an observation about why some members in black community still refuse to believe the horror stories about R. Kelly, who is considered to be a king of R&B.
“We’re programmed to be really hypersensitive to black male oppression. It’s just prevalent in all media. When you see n—-s getting beat up by the police, it’s men. That’s like a scene you see, like slavery — for a lot of people, they envision men in chains,” Chance explained. “But black women are exponentially a higher oppressed and violated group of people, like just in comparison to the whole world. Maybe I didn’t care because I didn’t value the accusers’ stories like, because they were black women. Because usually, n—-s that get in trouble for s–t like this on their magnitude of celebrity, it’s light-skin women or white women. That’s when it’s a big story. “
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