Nick Cannon Speaks Out Against R. Kelly, Apologizes For ‘Turning A Blind Eye’

Nick Cannon has said that it’s time for men to “step up” and stop “turning a blind eye” to the way women are treated in the entertainment industry.

“The Masked Singer” host made the statement in a post addressing the R. Kelly situation. Kelly has been the subject of controversy over the past week since the airing of “Surviving R. Kelly”, the Lifetime docuseries that details the sexual abuse allegations against the singer.

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“After much self reflection and meditation, I have to be one of the first to admit that in my past I’ve DEFINITELY turned a blind eye to a lot of darkness in this industry,” Cannon said in an Instagram post on Thursday.

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#TBT After much self reflection and meditation, I have to be one of the first to admit that in my past I’ve DEFINITELY turned a blind eye to a lot of darkness in this industry. Let’s stop beating around the bush and call it what it is. This entire industry was established and built by evil and predatorily spirits and male chauvinistic behavior. And since the recent media outrage pertaining to @RKELLY I have realized that the REAL issue at hand is the ultimate lack of care and disrespect for our QUEENS. For far too long we have treated women like second class citizens, when in actuality they are the source, our core, and the Superior beings. But our insecurities, Egos, and lack of love has tried to prove otherwise. Therefore we have SEVERAL cases where we allow entertainers, executives, and every day individuals abuse and mistreat our life bearers and beautiful equals. It is no secret how men have misused their power to manipulate young emerging pop stars to seasoned hollywood actresses and everyone in between. I have personally witnessed it and will no longer be silent about it. It’s not dry snitching, it’s a paradigm shift. I’m not judging ANY man for his past or his private actions because I too am a guilty sinner of the blatant disrespect even in some of the statements in the song above. But From Individuals like Les Moonves, Harvey Weinstein, ‪Elvis and others, I must say we have to deal with this sickness head on. The real leaders and Bosses must step up and be MEN! And I will be one of the first to say on behalf of all men, I am Sorry. Please consider an advocate, ally and student that needs guidance in an industry that was designed to take advantage of women. Let’s change it ALL immediately. And call it all to the table for our ignorance, wrong doings and disrespect. I apologize my Queens.

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“This entire industry was established and built by evil and predatorily spirits and male chauvinistic behavior. And since the recent media outrage pertaining to @RKELLY I have realized that the REAL issue at hand is the ultimate lack of care and disrespect for our QUEENS.”

The 38-year-old entertainer included a clip from the music video of his 2003 track “Gigolo”, which featured Kelly.

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“And I will be one of the first to say on behalf of all men, I am Sorry. Please consider an advocate, ally and student that needs guidance in an industry that was designed to take advantage of women. Let’s change it ALL immediately.”

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Cannon’s comments come after a number of celebrities have apologized for working with the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer in the past. Earlier in the week, Lady Gaga called for her 2013 collaboration with Kelly to be removed from streaming platforms.

French indie-pop band Phoenix also apologized for collaborating with Kelly six years ago. “We regret that we were not both more informed and more discerning when we worked with him previously,” the band tweeted.

Kelly is now reportedly under criminal investigation by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office in Georgia over allegations presented in the Lifetime doc.

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