Not sure what Taraji P. Henson was thinking, but she has been CALLED OUT for comparing the #MuteRKelly campaign to the Harvey Weinstein mess!
The actress posted a series of videos on her Instagram Stories on Tuesday intended to convey how the hashtag #MuteRKelly, which cropped up after allegations against him were resurfaced in 2017 as a call to take him off streaming services, was a double-standard, point out that there’s no #MuteHarveyWeinstein or #MuteWeinstein.
Twitter users, as well as Surviving R. Kelly director Dream Hampton, immediately called out the actress for missing the point. First off, the concept of “muting” applies strictly to R. Kelly because of his position in the music industry, whereas the allegations against Harvey Weinstein reintroduced the #MeToo hashtag, intended to capture the widespread problem of abuse against women in the entertainment industry. But also, as Hampton writes, to imply R. Kelly is getting unbalanced scrutiny in comparison to Weinstein is untrue.
While there is a comparison to be made between the two accused men, it’s not that R. Kelly is getting undue scrutiny. Instead it’s that the voices of the young Black women who accused R. Kelly of sexual abuse aren’t given the same weight and respect as the voices of the majority-white women who took down the Weinstein. R. Kelly’s accusers are the ones getting treated unfairly during this moment — not R. Kelly.
Henson has since DELETED the INSTA STORY and responded:
TWITTER was QUICK to GET Taraji together: