"I'm handcuffed by my destiny. It's too late. They should've did this s—t 30 years ago. It's too late."
That's what R. Kelly had to say while toasting a room full of friends in May of 2018, referencing efforts to silence his music career via the #MuteRKelly campaign after years of allegations that he sexually abuses underage women and has been for quite some time. And it's a quote that's come back to light thanks to Lifetime's recent staggering six-part docu-series Surviving R. Kelly, concluding with its final two hours on Saturday, January 5.
And while Kelly has a point when he goes on to say that the music's already been "injected into the world," making it a bit impossible to snuff out his voice altogether, the totality of what's been levied against him in filmmaker and cultural critic dream hampton's production, via interviews with women who allege to have been victims of the man born Robert Sylvester Kelly, certainly ought to give even the most die-hard fan pause before cueing up any of the man's myriad hits.