On Thursday night, the Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed a resolution banning R. Kelly from performing in the city of Philadelphia. Philadelphia is now the third city to sign on to the Mute R. Kelly city campaign.
Council member Helen Gym spoke on the resolution when it was first proposed, saying, “This resolution is about fundamentally stating a public declaration that R. Kelly and sexual predators like him don’t belong in a public sphere, with public support. This symbolic act of solidarity puts all sexual predators on notice.”
The global Mute R. Kelly campaign was started last year by Oronike Odeleye and Kenyette Barnes. Barnes has highlighted the growing effects of the campaign, “In 15 months, the Mute R. Kelly movement has 12 chapters. We’ve canceled 12 concerts at an estimated 1.75 million in lost revenue.”
Kelly has no upcoming concerts in Philadelphia and it’s quite clear, he won’t have any in the future.