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R. Kelly’s interview tantrums have become memes

The interview lit up Twitter before it even aired.


Samira Sadeque


Posted on Mar 6, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 5:41 pm CDT

R. Kelly cried and threw a tantrum during an interview with CBS This Morning’s Gayle King, which aired Wednesday morning.

Several clips from the interview were shared late Tuesday and Twitter exploded with memes and reactions before it even aired. According to the clips, Kelly got emotional several times and quite dramatically denied numerous accusations against him of sexually abusing minors.

Kelly repeatedly denied the allegations while King calmly confronted him with pressing questions about the charges leveled against him.

King’s composure during Kelly’s outbursts is the mood everyone is digging, too:

The facial similarities with Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing from September were too close for many to miss, and shared in split-screen posts. “How many women have seen men like this?” user Tess Deco tweeted.

The memes began circulating on Twitter after King posted the photos on her Instagram with an apt teaser for her followers:

In numerous clips shared by CBS This Morning’s Twitter, Kelly is seen being defensive and emotional about the allegations brought against him.

In one clip, he is heard blaming a myriad of factors such as “fame” his victims would potentially get from sharing their story, and the “power of social media,” denying claims that at least seven women, whose names King read out to him, made similar claims that he restricted their food timings, controlled them and their mobility, and was abusive.

“You can start a rumor on a guy like me, or a celebrity just like that,” he says in the video.

When she asks him if he’s done “anything” he regrets with women, he says yes, and that he apologized to the women at the time of it.

In another video, he’s seen getting emotional and screaming into the camera, “Stop it! Y’all quit playing! Quit playing! I didn’t do this stuff. This is not me. I’m fighting for my fucking life!”

His apparently narcissistic trait of victimizing himself in the face of allegations wasn’t lost on people, either:

According to CBS, this is the singer’s first interview since the Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly was released in January, sparking cancellations and boycotts of his music. Almost two months after the release of the six-part docuseries, he was finally charged with 10 counts of aggravated sex abuse, and eventually bailed out with the help of a friend. His friends and network have been his biggest enablers, but thanks to the calm and questions of people like King, that might be about to change.


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*First Published: Mar 6, 2019, 8:19 am CST