Questlove said he didn’t want to appear in Lifetime’s R. Kelly documentary because he didn’t want to come off as a fan of the singer.
“I always thought Kels was trash. My reason for declining the RKelly docu that I support 10000000 percent is I didn’t wanna be in the ‘good times’ portion of the doc, like stanning for his ‘genius,’” the Roots drummer wrote in a since-deleted tweet (via Vibe). “I was asked to talk about his genius. I do not nor have I EVER stanned for him.”
“Surviving R. Kelly,” a six-part docuseries that premiered on the cable network Thursday night, details how the “Trapped in the Closet” singer, 51, has allegedly spent the last couple decades abusing underage girls.
In an interview with Shadow and Act, executive producer dream hampton talked about how hard it was to get influential music figures – aside from John Legend – to sit down for an interview about the controversial singer.
“John Legend was the only one,” she told the website. “I asked Jay-Z, I asked Mary J. Blige, I asked Lil Kim, Erykah Badu, Dave Chappelle … I mean, most people just don’t want to touch it. I remember Ahmir [‘Questlove’ Thompson] was like, ‘I would do anything for you but I can’t do this.’ It’s not because they support him, it’s because it’s so messy and muddy. It’s that turning away that has allowed this to go on.”
Questlove’s tweets appear to have been an attempt to make clear that he does not support Kelly, despite declining to appear in the documentary.
“Just wanna make that abundantly clear in a non ‘he doth protest too much’ way. That [dream hampton] quote makes it look like I’m protecting him,” he wrote in another tweet. “I’m thinking ‘damn I don’t wanna be the one guy I always am in documentaries fawning over someone I detest.’ So make ZERO mistake on my positioning.”
Hampton, though, wasn’t buying this explanation, responding, “I didn’t ask you about his ‘Genius.’ I asked you to come on camera and say the same thing you said on Twitter. I told you I need Black male allies.”
Following hampton’s response, Questlove deleted his tweets.
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