First things first: R. Kelly has made some of most influential, genre-defining music of many generations in his carer. His approach to what R&B music could be nearly 20 years ago still reverberates throughout today’s current form, and when it is all said and done he could possibly go down as one of the best to have ever done it.
Second things second: despite all of that, Kelly has been mired in controversy for nearly just as long. From his alleged and tumultuous marriage to a then 15-year-old Aaliyah in 1994 to his infamous child pornography indictment in 2002 (he has since been acquitted of the 21 charges by 2008), the negative aspects of Robert Sylvester Kelly’s private life have been as prominent as his Grammy-winning, hundred million selling music career.
Both would be put on display – and on blast – during his sit-down on Huff Post Live today (December 21st). Fans and viewers alike were invited to participate in the session (which had a hashtag of #AskRKelly), and naturally commenters bombarded the section with a myriad of inquiries about his checkered past. Things would then get out of hand during the live stream, as R. Kelly would get defensive after host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani would attempt to ask some of those fan-submitted questions. Ultimately calling the entire thing a deposition, Kelly would walk off the set after less than 20 minutes.
At this point Kelz has to know that things like this is going to and will continue to happen to him, quite possibly forever. He’s a nearly-50 year old singer who doesn’t want anybody to acknowledge the dilemmas he put himself into over his storied career. On the other hand, this by far bookends the dunce-capped majesty of Steve Harvey’s Miss Universe gaffe, and everything is funny – especially when R. Kelly mumbled something about trying to get a McRib – for all the wrong reasons.