Chance the Rapper’s recent appearance on “Surviving R. Kelly” has left fans speechless.
The “No Problem” rapper was briefly interviewed for the Lifetime docu-series about Kelly and his alleged sexual victims.
“Making a song with R. Kelly was a mistake. I didn’t value the accusers’ stories because they were black women,” Chance reportedly said. “I made a mistake.”
Chance’s fans were outraged. The Chicago rapper has become an idol to many for his soulful hip-hop and his support for the Chicago public school system, both financially and as an advocate.
The three-time Grammy winner insisted the quote was taken out of context. “The quote was taken out of context,” he wrote on Saturday. “But the truth is any of us who ever ignored the R. Kelly stories or ever believed he was being set up [and/or] attacked by the system — as black men often are — were doing so at the detriment of black women and girls.”
“I apologize to all of his survivors for working with him and for taking so long to speak out,” Chance continued.
The apology did not smooth things over with everyone. Many fans immediately accused him of “dropping the ball” and questioned how the 25-year-old’s words were taken out of context.
Some fans defended Chance. They agreed that his words were taken out of context or argued that thoughts are not always vocalized as intended.
Reporter Jamilah Lemieux of Cassius — the individual who interviewed Chance — agreed that his words were misrepresented: “He spoke clearly and unequivocally in support of black women and the victims.”
“In May, he apologized in an interview that didn’t run due to my exit from the publication I was working for at the time,” Lemieux revealed. “Part of those remarks appear in tonight’s episode.”
The docu-series “Surviving R. Kelly” premiered on Thursday and explores numerous alleged sexual crimes committed by the singer.