Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Aiding and abetting?

Seeing as this is Wednesday, and I haven't done a Warp Speed Wednesday post since October, I was planning on posting one today. It was suppose to feature assorted Christmas-themed Star Trek pictures, gifs and video clips. I'd also intended to feature the video of Benedict Cumberbatch (aka CumberKhan from Star Trek Into Darkness) reading lyrics from an R. Kelly song on Jimmy Kimmel.

But then last night I started reading about R. Kelly and all the humour from that skit has vanished. Vanished like lawsuits brought against R. Kelly for having sex (and debased sex, at that) with under aged girls.

If you're not aware of this story -- and previously I was only vaguely aware of it -- I'd recommend reading the following:

Read the "Stomach-Churning" Sexual Assault Accusations Against R. Kelly in Full at the Village Voice

What We Absolutely Must Talk About When We Talk About R. Kelly on Jezebel.

A Time Line of R. Kelly's life. I thought the part where he falsified documents in order to marry a 15 year old would be the low part. But no -- it gets so much worse.

Last week someone in R. Kelly's camp thought it would be a good idea to have an open Q-&-A on twitter. It didn't go as planned. 

And finally a moving personal essay by Ashley C. Ford called "A Story For R. Kelly’s Defenders: Little black girls are taught when and how to be silent before anyone ever tells us we have the right to say no" on Buzzfeed.

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Having read all those articles, the lyrics of "Genius" -- from R Kelly's new album Black Panties -- don't seem quite so funny when delivered by Cumberbatch. Like Lainey, I hope that the clip will factor into a larger discussion about "What is our responsibility to this issue, what can we do to better this situation?"