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Vince Staples doubles down on criticism of R. Kelly at Coachella

In the interview, Staples calls R. Kelly a child molester.


Tess Cagle


Posted on Apr 16, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 6:25 pm CDT

Vince Staples did not hold back when given the opportunity to share how he really feels about R. Kelly during an interview at Coachella.

“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.”

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.

Meanwhile, Alexis tweeted that she wasn’t trying to silence Staples.

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.

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*First Published: Apr 16, 2018, 6:00 pm CDT