R. Kelly appears in Alexander Wang’s Spring 2017 Digital Campaign, alongside Anna Ewers. The images, shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, have already raised a few eyebrows, with dozens of people questioning Wang’s choice in subjects.
@Bling_Goddess wrote, “Bad choice!!! Talented, but a sicko with perverted activity with children!!! Who thought this was a good mix?”
Still, others like @Kennethia_ said, “This
is a nice campaign and people need to get over the past because the
same people I see judging in these comments probably still listen to
Chris brown so stfu.” @BrittanyMonae added, “Why
are yall on here criticizing this man from the past, hello oh I forgot
everyone’s perfect and hasn’t made any mistakes .. damnnnnn yall kills
me.” On Alexander Wang’s page, @theonedinline added, “Funny
how no-one has a word to say about Jack Gilinsky dating Madison Beer at
15 or Liam Hemworth and Miley Cyrus when she was that age too. I’m NO
fan of Kelly by any means, but why is no-one ever outraged over Sean
Penn, Polanski, Warren Beatty, Woody Allen, James Caan, Rob Lowe, and so
many more huge white Hollywood names. People only ever come after
non-whites we don’t like. It’s easy targeting and it’s BS to be honest. “
In 2014, i published images from a shoot featuring R. Kelly and Irina Shayk. Similar comments poured in, with readers typing, “R
Kelly is a monster and a criminal, responsible for ruining many young
women’s lives. Read up on him. Surprised any magazine would feature him.
I don’t understand why he gets a pass. Seeing his face makes me
I did a bit of research and uncovered this Village Voice article, outlining R. Kelly’s alleged transgressions. He was accused of 14 counts of child pornography in 2008, but was found not guilty.
R. Kelly has stayed out of trouble since then, continues to make hits,
and rarely poses for editorials. Still, every time he makes an
appearance, he is called a monster and a pedophile.
I’m not judge and jury on this one, and don’t know all the details of
his case. And though I’ll certainly receive some heat for typing this, I
love his music.
Can the public ever forgive R. Kelly?