On Thursday (Jan. 3), Lifetime's six-part docuseries, "Surviving R. Kelly," made its televised debut and took music fans (and social media timelines) across the nation by storm. The documentary, which centers around the sexual abuse allegations being made against the R&B singer and features interviews with over 50 people, has garnered reactions from a handful of R&B artists including Tank, Ne-Yo and, most recently; Omarion.
In a new series of tweets posted on Sunday (Jan. 6), Omarion publicly denounces R. Kelly, as well as vowed to retire their collaborative offerings. However, the singer has decided to wait until after the upcoming B2K tour to do so.
"As an artist & a champion of the arts, I am moved to share my position on #SurvivingRKelly which I haven't seen but felt compelled to voice my position on this very serious issue since #rkelly has written songs for #B2K," Omarion shared on Twitter, writing a series of posts on the subject. "His artistic genius inspired us all. His music is being muted by the darkness of his actions. The dark always comes to light."
Omarion, then, noted that in order to avoid disappointing fans; the group will still perform the Kelly-penned tracks, "Girlfriend," "What A Girl Wants" and "Bump, Bump, Bump," which appeared on 2002's Pandemonium! album.
"After the tour, I am retiring those songs from my set list. I too am raising a future queen," Omarion added.
Another former collaborator of Kelly's, Chance the Rapper, has found himself under fire due to comments he made during an interview segment that aired as part of the docuseries.
He has since clarified that his comments were taken out of context and issued an apology to fans, while addressing the matter.
"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 setup/attacked by the system (as black men often are) were doing so at the detriment of black women and girls," the rapper shared on Twitter (Jan. 5). "I apologize to all of his survivors for working with him and for taking this long to speak out."
The interview in full offers more insight into Chance's thought process and has since been shared widely online.
"We're programmed to really be hypersensitive to black male oppression," Chance says in the original clip. "But, black women are exponentially [a] higher oppressed and violated group of people just in comparison to the whole world. Maybe I didn't care because I didn't value the accusers' stories because they were black women. Usually, n—s that get in trouble for s—t like this on their magnitude of celebrity, it's light-skinned women or white women. That's when it's a big story. I've never really seen any pictures of R. Kelly's accusers."
As for Kelly himself, the R&B singer claims that while he has not watched the docuseries, he reportedly is planning on "exposing" his accusers as liars on Facebook, one by one. He has also threatened pursuing legal action against the network and filmmakers.
See Omarion and Chance the Rapper's comments on R. Kelly below.
As an artist & a champion of the arts, I am moved to share my position on #SurvivingRKelly which I haven’t seen but felt compelled to voice my position on this very serious issue since #rkelly has written songs for #B2K.— OMARION (@Omarion) January 7, 2019
It’s important first to ACKNOWLEDGE that this has been an ugly truth in our industry for years and as opposed to dismissing it’s existence | its time to discuss it. EVERYONE has to be RESPONSIBLE. Many have bared witness to the unthinkable and yet have remained silent.— OMARION (@Omarion) January 7, 2019
Those responsible must be held accountable. #rkelly was both a victim & a predator & accordingly must be held accountable but also get professional help. His artistic genius inspired us all. His music is being muted by the darkness of his actions. The dark always comes to light.— OMARION (@Omarion) January 7, 2019
I pray that everyone effected by this tragedy gets the help & support they need to live a better life. When you know better , you do better.— OMARION (@Omarion) January 7, 2019
While I know our fans would be greatly disappointed if we didn’t perform those songs on #TheMillennoumTour , after the tour I am retiring those songs from my set list . I too am raising a future queen. #A.A.R.T.— OMARION (@Omarion) January 7, 2019
(Artists Acknowledging Responsibility & Truth) Peace y’all. ~O
FYI, I conducted the interview with Chance in May. He spoke clearly and unequivocally in support of BW and the victims. https://t.co/uhTZT9TvEA— Jamilah Lemieux🖤 (@JamilahLemieux) January 6, 2019
Anyone mentioning that I have black women in my family is deliberately missing the point. Regardless of the proximity of beneficial BW in your life, or being black yourself, we are all capable of subconsciously discrediting BW and their stories because its indoctrinated.— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) January 6, 2019