Taraji P. Henson posted and then deleted posts to Instagram that showed a confusing stance on alleged abuser R. Kelly. (Photo: Dan MacMedan, Dan MacMedan-USA TODAY NETWORK)
Taraji P. Henson felt the need to clarify her stance on alleged abuser R. Kelly Tuesday.
As she wrote on Twitter, in all caps: “R. KELLY IS GUILTY AND WRONG AND SHOULD BE MUTED PERIOD!!!!!”
Why all the yelling? Well, the “What Men Want” actress was earlier under fire for sharing a controversial Instagram Story that showed a confusing stance on the rapper, who was recently the subject of the Lifetime docu-series “Surviving R. Kelly.”
In since-deleted posts, Henson shared videos of searches for the #MuteRKelly hashtag on Instagram, and compared those high number of hashtag hits to the low number of posts containing #MuteWeinstein or #MuteHarveyWeinstein hashtags.
“HMMMMM,” Henson wrote on Instagram Stories.
Fans were baffled by the meaning of the videos and chastised Henson on Twitter for seemingly comparing Kelly with Weinstein, and implying that Kelly was being treated unfairly.
Writer Roxane Gay had a reaction that was shared by many when she joked, “What is Taraji doing.gif?”
What is Taraji doing.gif?
Journalist Ernst Owens suggested somebody “tap Taraji on the shoulder and tell her now isn’t the time to throw her career in the drain for defending a trash can named R. Kelly.”
Somebody tap Taraji on the shoulder and tell her now isn't the time to throw her career in the drain for defending a trash can named R. Kelly.
Weinstein didn't need to be muted because he is currently facing charges faster than R. Kelly is right now!
“What is life?” asked journalist Jarrett Hill.
Lord. Taraji is on InstaStory comparing R. Kelly to Harvey Weinstein, as if R. Kelly is being treated unfairly.
What is life? 🤦🏾♂️🤦🏽♂️🤦🏿♂️
Several followers suggested that Henson didn’t understand that an R. Kelly “mute” was unrelated to Weinstein and his sexual assault cases because Kelly’s a musician whose music can be turned off by listeners, whereas Weinstein was a movie producer.
After her first name became a Twitter trend, and after she took down the hashtag comparison, Henson left followers kisses and exclamation points emphasizing that she was not on Kelly’s side.
LET ME BE CLEAR R. KELLY IS GUILTY AND WRONG AND SHOULD BE MUTED PERIOD!!!!! 💋💋💋
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