Dream Hampton did an impeccable job putting a spotlight on the numerous allegations of sexual abuse against R. Kelly. Since the docuseries aired, it reignited the conversation surrounding separating art from the artists. While many argue that you can listen to R. Kelly’s music without supporting his alleged actions, two radio stations in Dallas feel the exact opposite. Earlier today, KRNB and K104 vowed to never spin another R. Kelly record on-air again.
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Claudia Jordan, a radio host at KRNB, revealed on-air that the radio station will no longer be supporting R. Kelly’s music anymore. Jordan admitted that Kellz makes incredible music, but the allegations against him are too horrid to separate the art from the artist in this case.
“I just feel like, in good conscience, we just can’t continue to support this guy. Sadly there are a lot of people out there and what they do in their work—they are talented people—but they have demons. And I feel like as a woman that is an advocate for other women… We cannot support this man anymore,” she said. “I’ve been a victim of abuse from a man, and it wasn’t as extreme as this. But reading all the comments, we have to at some point take a stance.”
K104’s DeDe McGuire agreed with Jordan and stated she’s happy a stance is being taken against R. Kelly. She stated that if the courts aren’t doing the victims justice, then his music must be removed from their rotation.
“I’m glad that radio is taking that stance. Radio has always played a major role in the black community,” she said. “That goes back to the civil rights movement. We have to take care of our own. If the courts won’t take care of [Kelly] in terms of punishing him, then we’ll stop playing his music as punishment.”
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