As the docuseries Surviving R. Kelly drops a long overdue shit-storm on the “alleged” child rapist’s head, producer dream hampton is holding back zero punches and naming everyone who’s complicit in letting Kelly just waltz around like he’s not an active predator, specifically Lady Gaga, who refused to participate in the documentary.
Via Fox News (I know, I know, just go with it.):
“Surviving R. Kelly” producer dream hampton expressed her disgust with Lady Gaga after the newly minted Golden Globe winner refused to speak about R. Kelly’s history of sexual and domestic abuse allegations in the Lifetime docuseries.
“I wanted to know how Lady Gaga could be on ‘SNL’ with him as someone who advocates for domestic abuse survivors and (…), you know, had this ridiculous performance with him on ‘SNL,’” hampton said on “The Karen Hunter Show” on SiriusXM on Monday.
hampton is referring to this performance right here, which took place in November 2013:
Granted, Gaga’s collaboration with Kelly took place before the explosive Village Voice interview with Jim DeRogatis, who covered Kelly’s laundry list of abuse for years at the Chicago Sun-Times. And if you’ve never read that interview, I highly recommend doing so, but also be prepared to scream until you’re blue in the face about why it didn’t bury R. Kelly right there on the spot. However, it’s not like Gaga wasn’t aware of the accusations against Kelly, and she made that fact abundantly clear.
Via the Daily Mail, and a hat tip to my Forever Boo for passing this quote along:
Gaga not only worked with Kelly, but defended the singer during a 2013 press conference in Japan when asked why she collaborated with the embattled artist after his child pronography trial.
‘R Kelly and I have sometimes, very untrue things written about us, so in a way this was a bond between us,’ said Gaga of their work together on the single ‘Do What U Want.’
Jesus. F**king. Christ.
It’s almost like Lady Gaga was leaning into the R. Kelly controversy to promote her single, but no, that can’t be right. Can it?
Many interviewers quelped today about my 'SHOCKING' performance w/ R Kelly on SNL I'm beginning to think y'all aren't ready for the video— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) November 20, 2013
But here’s where things get real shady. The video for “Do What U Want ft. R. Kelly” was all set to be released in December, but then the DeRogatis interview hit and Gaga’s team had a massive problem on their hands. Also, did I mention the video was directed by Terry Richardson? The video was directed by Terry Richardson, so the whole situation was a rape sandwich and a half.
But instead of addressing the controversy head-on and releasing a statement saying, “So in light of new information, I clearly made a huge mistake working with R. Kelly. My bad, won’t happen again,” Gaga’s team got to work burying the video and re-releasing a new version of “Do What U Want” that swapped out Kelly for Christina Aguilera. However, in a now-deleted post on her blog from January 2014, Gaga acted like the video was simply delayed because she wasn’t given enough time to creatively execute it properly. As if that was the problem.
Page Six reports:
The raunchy video starring Gaga and Kelly was directed by controversial photographer Terry Richardson and depicts racy scenes between the singers. Its release would have coincided with heated attention focused on scandals involving both Richardson and Kelly.
According to our source, Kelly plays a doctor in the video, with Gaga acting as his patient in scenes that riff on her real-life hip injury last year.
Gaga asks Kelly, “Will I ever be able to walk again?” The singer replies, “Yes, if you let me do whatever I want with your body.” The not-so-good doctor then adds, “I’m putting you under, and when you wake up, you’re going to be pregnant.”
Oh. Oh SHIT.
Now, at this point, you’d assume that Gaga would’ve learned her lesson about associating herself with Kelly. But she tweeted this in November 2014 when there was absolutely no way she wasn’t aware of the damning accusations in the DeRogatis interview. She had an entire year to read it, or at the very least have someone give her the highlights while living in an egg or whatever the hell she was doing back then.
As Surviving R. Kelly continues to make headlines, Gaga’s silence grows deafening. And it’s not like she hasn’t had plenty of opportunities to jump in and say, “R. Kelly is a garbage human being, and I should not have worked with him.” For example, his response to the Village Voice where he described himself as a football player who can’t look back or else he’ll get tackled, the time he compared Chris Brown to Martin Luther King Jr., when he stormed out of an interview after being asked about his sexual abuse allegations, how he knows Bill Cosby is innocent because God would’ve told him if he wasn’t, or oh I dunno, the bombshell report about R. Kelly’s underage sex cult. Call me old-fashioned, but those all seem like easy openings to denounce working with a predator.
Then again, gotta get that Oscar, right?
UPDATE: Lady Gaga has apologized for working with R. Kelly.
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