Lady Gaga‘s attempt to apologise for working with R. Kelly has been met with skepticism and laughter by critics who say she is only apologising to save face.
One of those critics?
Mr. Kelly has not committed any crime. It is unfortunate the extent people want to put his past relationships under a microscope for their own personal gain.
But no one complained when they were living the glamorous Life as a rockstar Groupie or girlfriend. There are no victims — there are only those now exploiting Mr. Kelly for their 15 minutes of TMZ fame.
Mr. Kelly appreciates that she recognized his immense talent and collaborated with him to help her career, but finds it regrettable that she is now exploiting this controversy to try and help her in her effort to win an Oscar.
Robert’s lawyer issued the statement above hours after reading Gaga’s statement and accused her of using Kelly to stir up controversy when she thought it would help sales of her ‘ARTPOP’ album.
Unfortunately, he isn’t the only one who feels this way.
Nope! @ladygaga knew what she was doing when she worked with @rkelly … don’t play girl, everyone knows he’s a freak. He peed on people and “mentored” young girls for years… hello… @AaliyahHaughton !!!! Memba her?!
— Mundo (@mundo7621) January 11, 2019
To #LadyGaga & every other #celebrity NOW trying to get on the right side of history since #RKelly is FINALLY being put out to pasture?
Two words: F*ck YOU!
Because you knew THEN & you just figured he'd always be protected just like your CV.
Get an asterisk.
— Triston212 (@Triston212) January 11, 2019
i cannot imagine the extreme level of trauma of being a survivor and watching one of the biggest pop stars in the world perform a song called ‘do what u want with my body’ with your abuser. her apology doesn’t acknowledge this even as a survivor herself.https://t.co/cNGx8WwelT
— DanielléDASH GIFLord (@DanielleDASH) January 10, 2019
Gaga explained that her decision to seek out Kelly for the collaboration was fuelled by trauma and didn’t mean to disrespect his victims and survivors.
I’m not being funny but even I knew about #RKelly ! Didn’t everyone? There was a tape released of him at least 15 years ago. @ladygaga apology is welcome, but I fear it has more to do with her Oscar ambitions and less to do with #MeToo https://t.co/EBKNBBLCKr
— John M (@Juicy_John) January 10, 2019
What a load of shit. She obviously didn’t give a shit when the song was making her money 💰 from her fans and the @rkelly fans. But since she is up for an Oscar I guess she wants to show support. I wonder if she would be doing this if she wasn’t up for the Oscar
— Pantal (@DjPantal) January 10, 2019
Black women’s lives don’t matter until the mainstream media decides they do. 🤷🏿♂️ Gaga knew who she was working with when she did multiple live performances with a sexual predator to a song about sexual consent. You fucked up girl, it is what it is at this point. #LadyGaga#Rkelly
— We’re All Trash Podcast (@werealltrashpod) January 10, 2019