Last night, Taraji P. Henson, posted a questionable video that got fans rethinking attending her next film. Possibly defending R. Kelly, the actress has to clean up her social media mess.
Once Surviving R. Kelly aired, the negative reception came from people who were upset that Black women were demanding justice and were receiving it. Detractors took issue with Black men being easily written off in the media. When compared to what was happening for White sexual abusers in Hollywood, they assumed because they heard no further developments #TimesUp was at a standstill. This became the #FirstThem movement, which asserts White abusers are not met with justice in the same way. Taraji seems to share the same sentiment as Tariq.
Taraji posted a video of herself searching #MuteRKelly which had thousands of posts and #MuteWeinstein, which had none. While she didn’t say anything, her video implied she could possibly be defending R. Kelly.
Attracting the fire of her fans before the release of What Men Want, Taraji has been called out for not understanding the #MuteRKelly movement. The organization and following hashtag were created to bring awareness to the crimes of sexual abuser R. Kelly and end his career as an R&B singer.
Fans wondered how someone in the film industry could conflate #MuteRKelly with #TimesUp and #MeToo. Involving Harvey Weinstein in the matter just made it even worse. He is facing already facing multiple charges while R. Kelly prosecutors are still building their case. When detractors of R. Kelly’s victims bring their gnarled fingers to the keyboard to say “Where is Harvey’s documentary?”, it becomes clear they haven’t done the research. There are currently two documentaries in progress.
Et tu, Taraji?
It is difficult to see how Taraji could just conjure up reason for her video, especially with the backlash Erykah Badu just received. The topic is just too sensitive for many, particularly those who once supported R. Kelly and are finding their silence was complicity.
Along with attempting to equate one man’s crimes to another, Taraji showed she still has some internalized misogynoir to work out. A large portion of R. Kelly’s supporters are Black women who believe that, above all, it is their place to defend Black men from public persecution. They accept the notion that Black women are to work as a shield or sponge to absorb negativity because it is hard to be Black and male in this world. Then what is it like to be Black and female?
Taraji left fans with a brief clarification after hours of educational reads. While fans begrudgingly admitted they suffered through Acrinomy, they hoped Taraji would see the error of her ways. With her film What Men Want set for release Feb 6th and her star on the walk of fame to be revealed Jan 28th, she better start her apology press tour a la Kevin Hart or that film will flop.
Anonymous Caller Claimed Kevin Hunter Poisoned Wendy Williams
According to PEOPLE magazine, a caller concerned about Wendy Williams’ wellbeing during her lengthy hiatus reported Kevin Hunter to authorities. The anonymous samaritan accused Hunter of allegedly poisoning his now estranged wife.
January 18th, authorities were anonymously contacted and instructed to perform a wellness check on the talk show diva. Implying Kevin Hunter was poisoning Williams, authorities rushed over to their New Jersey home to confirm her safety. When they arrived, Kevin Hunter answered the door and was reported as “hesitant” to allow authorities to enter the home.
Having recently fractured her shoulder, Wendy was found in her bed. However, authorities noted she was suspiciously covered from neck to toe. When questioned about the validity of the caller’s claims, Wendy “became tearful”, yet she denied anything was amiss. Kevin Hunter, who remained present, reportedly said “there had never been any calls to his house regarding domestic violence.” Officers then asked Wendy to confirm she was fine and once she did, they left the property.
Cardi B Rejects Plea Deal At Recent Court Appearance
Dressed in a way that could only be described as deliberately modest, Cardi B arrived to court in a white ensemble to reject a plea deal in relation to an August assault.
Regarding a strip club brawl that took place in 2018, the ‘Clout’ rapper received an offer to plead guilty where she would have only received a conditional discharge. However, Cardi seemed dissatisfied and rejected the plea. She has been charged with one count of misdemeanor assault and two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment.
In August 2018, Cardi was allegedly involved in a strip club altercation between two bartenders who were believed to be engaged in an affair with Offset. During the attack, Cardi was said to have thrown chairs and bottles at the victims. Video of the attack shows someone believed to be Cardi picking up an ice bucket and launching it at the girls in rage.
In December, Cardi narrowly avoided jail time by arriving to court just minutes before her hearing. She was threatened with legal action after missing her a court date due to a prior engagement, which was the ‘Twerk’ video shoot. Her decision to reject the offer means the charges levied against her remain and she could face up to one year in jail if convicted.
Writer and Director John Singleton Hospitalized After Stroke
Prayers and well wishes are pouring in for John Singleton following news of his hospitalization. The Oscar-nominated director suffered a stroke Wednesday. His family reported the news Saturday, April 20th.
John Singleton’s family released a statement that read:
“On Wednesday, April 17th our beloved son/father, John Singleton, suffered a stroke while at the hospital. John is currently in the ICU and under great medical care. We ask that privacy be given to him and our family at this time and appreciate all of the prayers that have been pouring in from his fans, friends, and colleagues.”
The 51-year-old known for such films as Boyz in the Hood , Poetic Justice, and Baby Boy, has been in an intensive care unit since April 17th. While little has been made public about John’s condition, those who have had the pleasure of working with him have sent their regards. FX, where John’s executive produced series Snowfall has recently been renewed for a third season, issued a statement hoping for his “speedy recovery.”
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