Chance The Rapper Clarified His Apology For Working With R. Kelly

January 7, 2019 / Posted by:

John Legend finally has some company sitting over there on the Fuck R. Kelly Bench. Chance The Rapper appeared on the final episode of Lifetime’s documentary Surviving R. Kelly and apologized for having worked with him on his 2015 song “Summer in Paradise”. His apology didn’t come controversy-free though. Not only was it a week late and $20 short (if you’re not matching Vince Staples’ energy, you’re not doing enough), Rolling Stone magazine quoted Chance saying he “didn’t value the accusers’ stories because they were Black women“, which as you might imagine, didn’t go over very well. Chance says he words were taken out of context and redirected people to the full interview he gave to journalist Jamilah Lemieux back in May.

In the interview, rather than deny knowledge of the reports of R. Kelly’s alleged decades long mistreatment of underage girls and child pornography trial, Chance tried to describe his rationalization for agreeing to work with Kelly. As such, he claims his comments about not caring because the victims were black, were taken out of context in the RS piece. He shared his dismay about this on Twitter.

Jamilah backed Chance up with a couple tweets of her own.

Here’s Chance’s full interview where that quote has fuller context. In it he says:

“We’re programmed to really be hypersensitive to black male oppression, 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.”

It’s an actual apology that includes the words “I’m sorry” and “mistake” which makes it more meaningful than a lot of “apologies” we’ve seen of late. I hope others take note. It’s OK to sit on the Fuck R. Kelly Bench. In fact, it’s better than OK. It’s a moral imperative. Plus, we have snacks!

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