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Chance the Rapper apologized on Twitter for working with R. Kelly

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Chance the Rapper, who has worked with R. Kelly , apologized on Twitter on Saturday, clarifying what he said in the documentary Surviving R. Kelly.

Since the docuseries dropped last week, fans are scrambling to come to terms with the extent of the trauma caused by the “Trapped in the Closet” singer, spanning decades of sexual, mental, and physical abuse of Black women and underage Black girls.

Chance, who performed with Kelly at Lollapalooza in 2014, and featured Kelly on his track “Somewhere in Paradise,” is one of the artists taking steps toward making amends—or at least acknowledging their roles in promoting and protecting Kelly. 

This was in reference to an interview featured in the series, in which Chance said, “Maybe I didn’t care because I didn’t value the accusers’ stories because they were Black women.”

Twitter users called Chance out for the comment.

He then issued a second clarification about his comment:

Some are accepting this apology, but many on Twitter are urging the rapper to put his money where his mouth is.

The series has led to numerous conversations on social media—from the invisibility of Black women’s trauma to the list of other artists who refused to be interviewed for the docuseries, implying some level of complicity in Kelly’s abuses.

The docuseries is a lens into the decades of abuse numerous Black women suffered at the hands of ]Kelly, who has denied all allegations. Reporter Jim DeRogatis has been reporting on Kelly’s abuse for almost two decades, but the documentary series has brought renewed scrutiny to the way Kelly has thus far escaped punishment, both professionally and legally.

Samira Sadeque

Samira Sadeque

Samira Sadeque is a New York-based journalist reporting on immigration, sexual violence, and mental health, and will sometimes write about memes and dinosaurs too. Her work also appears in Reuters, NPR, and NBC among other publications. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School, and her work has been nominated for SAJA awards. Follow: @Samideque