R. Kelly was bumped from a music festival in Ohio after other performers refused to share the stage with him. Get the deets inside and watch the viral video of Teyana Taylor getting crossed over.
R. Kelly's past is coming back to bite him in the butt...financially. He was recently dropped from the line-up of the Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio following an outcry about his past allegations of child abuse.
The "12 Play" singer was due to perform last night, but both he and the festival organizers released statements to Columbus Alive to announce his departure.
The organizer said,“Fashion Meets Music Festival and headlining artist R Kelly have come to the mutual decision to cancel Kelly's upcoming performance at the inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival.”
Meanwhile, a publicist for R. Kelly said: “R Kelly is sorry to disappoint his fans, but looks forward to seeing them in the near future during one of his upcoming tours.”
What happened? First, Folk rock band Saintseneca, who were also due to perform, wrote on their website that they were withdrawing because“we feel [Kelly’s] selection as a performer ignores his very serious allegations of sexual violence and assault”.
Then, local radio station WCBE 90.5 FM also backed out. General manager Dan Mushalko said that due to the opinions of listeners and those of Columbus City Schools (who hold their license),"Obviously, since they represent children and they represent teenagers, they didn’t want us associated with the event if R. Kelly was a part of it...So whether you looked at it from our internal ethics, or the feedback from our listeners and the school district, it came down to everything saying, ‘You just can’t do it.’”
After the story of folks backing out began to gather speed on social media, organizers decided to cut ties with Robert. Of course, R. Kelly was tried and acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008......but we haven't forgotten what we saw on that tape (and neither has anyone else).
In viral news.....
The Teyana Taylor "crossover" is becoming a meme sensation. At the Jordan XX9 First To Fly event in Las Vegas this past weekend, Teyana challenged a player on the court but got crossed over. She trips and falls...semi-off camera. Expect to see the meme and VINE video popping up in your newsfeed for days to come. On the bright side, Teyana’s new album VII is set to drop on October 21st...and now she's got some "buzz."
Watch the "incident" here:
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Photo via R. Kelly's Instagram/VINE