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“R. Kelly never went to jail and he’s a fucking child molester,” Staples said, before Everyday Struggle host Nadeska Alexis asked him to not talk about the 51-year-old singer accused of running a sex cult in Georgia.
In the full interview, Staples said that once he was off probation he planned to break all kinds of laws—like speeding—and Alexis told him that his fans needed him to stay out of prison. Staples responded and said, “You don’t go to prison if you’re a Black entertainer, only if you’re a Black gangster rapper.” When Alexis pushed back, he brought up Kelly’s 2008 case when he was acquitted of 14 counts of making child pornography for an infamous video tape said to feature him having sex with and urinating on a 14-year-old girl.
“I’m saying that he’s a child molester and he pees on people and he can’t read and write—and he didn’t go to jail,” Staples said. “I’m a good person and R. Kelly is a piece of fucking shit. So if piece-of-fucking-shit R. Kelly didn’t go to jail for being a child molester and peeing on people, and having a human trafficking ring in Atlanta, then I’ll be alright.”
ladies and gentlemen, vince staples on r kelly pic.twitter.com/SmZdYu9PNJ— andy (@aboynamedandy) April 16, 2018
Viewers of the interview clip on Twitter mostly applauded Staples’ criticism of Kelly, and many were confused why Alexis worried she would lose her job for the commentary.
Trying to find the lies doe... pic.twitter.com/cIiIRDRe2s— Hoodrich Pablo Meara (@PaulMeara) April 16, 2018
Straight to the point pic.twitter.com/8uXoa89xh4— MAD ETHNIC RIGHT NOW (@smileyadventure) April 16, 2018
Sis was wack for try to silence him. He wasn't saying anything that isn't already well-documented! Like "Word? Go on..." but I'm messy, so...lol.— Thighlie Minogue (@softjunebreeze) April 16, 2018
I don’t know who Vince Staples is, but I’m a fan now.— Caroline Streff (@crstreff) April 16, 2018
I’m just wondering who she is and why sis is trying to silence him??? pic.twitter.com/z4PeEyF9ro— Chanel Turner (@isthatchanel) April 16, 2018
Currently downloading all his albums pic.twitter.com/zT8DrIKf3s— baby kay (@kissitbetterkay) April 16, 2018
Meanwhile, Alexis tweeted that she wasn’t trying to silence Staples.
im at LAX watching people tweet about how im tryna silence Vince 🤦🏾♀️ lemme get thru security and post the whole interview. we were having fun, why ppl always gotta take it the extra mile https://t.co/uzJs75YiQm— Nadeska (@neweryork) April 16, 2018
This isn’t the first time Staples has been vocal about his disdain for Kelly. Last July, Staples went on a Twitter rant about Kelly, saying he was a “fool” and argued with fans who came to Kelly’s defense.
Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.