Erykah Badu booed for allegedly defending R. Kelly & 'putting up a prayer' for him at Chicago event

Ra'eesah Manack
Jan 21, 2019
08:25 A.M.
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Erykah Badu's fans were deeply disappointed and booed her at a Chicago event after she allegedly defended R Kelly. She also put up a "prayer" for him.


Erykah Badu shocked fans when she gave a speech at her concert in Chicago. The singer took a moment during the event at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago to say she’s “puttin’ up a prayer right now” for R. Kelly.

However, she did not get the response she might have expected from the crowd. Her fans booed her as she spoke.


“I hope he sees the light of day if he’s done all those things that we’ve seen on TV and heard those ladies talk about,” she said, “I hope he sees the light of day and comes forward.”

She received a mixed reaction from the audience. While some people cheered her on others angrily booed the star.


“But Y'all say '[expletive] it!’ See, that’s not love. That’s not unconditional. But what if one of the people that were assaulted by R. Kelly grows up to be an offender, we gonna crucify them? I mean how do we do this? Just something to think about.They ’bout to R. Kelly me to death on the internet, I’m like god damn,” she said continuing her speech.

She went on to stress the need for “peace” and “healing" for the victims. Badu also added that "everybody involved has been hurt and victimized in some kind of way.”


On Sunday night, Badu tweeted a response to the backlash she faced after the event. She took to Twitter claiming much of her speech has been taken out of context.

“I love you. Unconditionally. That doesn’t mean I support your poor choices,” she wrote. “That’s all I’ve ever said. Anything else has been fabricated or taken out of context.”


R Kelly has been a particularly sore topic since the Lifetime docu-series “Surviving R. Kelly” premiered. The star is riddled with allegations and the show featured interviews with women who have accused Kelly of sexual abuse.

Another star who faced some backlash from her fans was Keyshia Cole. She had put forward that R Kelly was not solely responsible for the horrors that occurred.

“until your child is 18. they are YOUR responsibility... I never said R Kelly wasn't wrong!!! But a lot starts AT HOME WITH YOUR PARENTS!! PERIOD... DONT come at me and tiny with the [expletive]. YOU DO BETTER.” tweeted Keyshia Cole