Time's Up Women of Color Join #MuteRKelly


The Women of Color committee within Time’s Up has announced they’re joining the online #MuteRKelly campaign.

#MuteRKelly was started by Oronike Odeleye and Kenyette Barnes last year in response to decades of sexual assault allegations facing the musician, accusations of abuse that have done little to hinder his career or ongoing record deal with RCA Records. The campaign asked Sony to drop Kelly and for Live Nation to cancel his upcoming performances via an online petition.

The letter from Time’s Up WOC asks RCA Records, Ticketmaster, Spotify and Apple Music, and the Greensboro Coliseum Complex (which is hosting an R. Kelly concert in May) to join the #MuteRKelly movement as well, Billboard reports. Time’s Up WOC, which was described by Tessa Thompson back in March as a Time’s Up subgroup, reportedly includes Ava DuVernay, Shonda Rimes, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell.

“The recent court decision against Bill Cosby is one step towards addressing these ills but it is just a start,” the letter reads, which you can read in full at The Root. “We call on people everywhere to join with us to insist on a world in which women of all kinds can pursue their dreams free from sexual assault, abuse and predatory behavior.”

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