R. Kelly

Columbus, Ohio’s Fashion Meet Music Festival, which is scheduled to take over venues around our own Chris DeVille’s hometown on Labor Day weekend, already had a pretty incoherent lineup: O.A.R.! Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child! Future Islands! Rusko! Ceremony! But the booking choice that drew the most scrutiny was its choice of headliner: R. Kelly, who was set to play Nationwide Arena 8/29. When Kelly played the Pitchfork and Bonnaroo festivals last year, the shows went down largely without incident. But after renewed interest in Kelly’s sordid past, his appearance at Fashion Meets Music drew a ton of bad press, especially after Columbus folk-punkers Saintseneca dropped out of the festival, electing to play a benefit for sexual assault victims on the same night instead. And now The Columbus Dispatch reports that Kelly won’t play the festival after all. The newspaper quotes festival spokesperson Melissa Dickson saying, “We wanted to make sure we heard the Columbus listeners… to make a statement and support the city we live in.” There won’t be a replacement act at the arena.

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  1. And yet Woody Allen’s films get played nationwide, win Oscars, and get stellar reviews with not a ounce of outrage. The hypocrisy is stunning.

    • I, too, think Woody Allen is a shithead, but the thing about R. Kelly is that there’s proof of his lewd acts, never mind the fact that he’s pretty unapologetic about it. Too bad everyone loves R and Woody.

      And really, Chris Brown punches Rihanna and becomes a pariah, R. Kelly sexually abuses teenage girls for decades and still headlines festivals while getting irony points from the alternative media. Critics are fucking weird.

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