Taraji P Henson gets dragged after comparing R. Kelly to Harvey Weinstein
Taraji P Henson has been slammed for her ignorance after she asked a question in relation to R. Kelly and Harvey Weinstein. The actress has since deleted her post and responded with a clarification.
Taraji P Henson got quite a mouthful from fans who were irked by her recent comment comparing Harvey Weinstein and R. Kelly.
In an Instagram story clip, Henson wondered why a search of the hashtag #MuteRKelly produced numerous results while a #MuteWeinstein or #MuteHarveyWeinstein came up short.
The #MuteRKelly hashtag was a response to the release of the documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly” which brought to light the abuses the singer allegedly inflicted on several women who came forward in the film.
Henson seemed to question in her post why Weinstein didn’t get the same #Mute reaction as Kelly. This prompted fans to rain down on her and educate her about the #MuteRKelly movement. A user who goes by the handle M’BlockU enumerated the reasons why her question was illogical.
1. Why would “Mute” apply to people who aren’t in the music industry?— Rod (@rodimusprime) January 22, 2019
2. Weinstein has several documentaries coming about his allegations.
3. Weinstein is also going to trial over his allegations.
4. Between Taraji and Erykah “What Men Want” is a no go.
More tweets chimed in slamming the star for her ignorance.
Harvey Weinstein has been booked, charged, etc. the purpose of #MuteRKelly is to silence his music. For him to be held accountable for his actions. I really need taraji to know better. Unbelievable.— Krissy Brierre-Davis (@krissybdavis) January 22, 2019
Taraji’s IG story is stupid considering Weinstein has pending charges whereas R Kelly only has a hashtag.— Kiara (@Kiara865) January 22, 2019
Even “Surviving R. Kelly” showrunner Dream Hampton put in her two cents.
No idea why Taraji Henson wouldn't know that there are not one, but two projects abt Harvey Weinstein. But this is an oft-invoked deflection. While I care abt the Hollywood stars Weinstein abused, I care more abt Asante, Kitty, Jerhona, Lisette, Azriel & Joy & others, even more.— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) January 22, 2019
Taraji’s controversial post has since been deleted and the star who took quite a beating made sure to clarify one thing so there’s no more confusion.
"LET ME BE CLEAR R. KELLY IS GUILTY AND WRONG AND SHOULD BE MUTED PERIOD!!!!!"
LET ME BE CLEAR R. KELLY IS GUILTY AND WRONG AND SHOULD BE MUTED PERIOD!!!!! 💋💋💋— Taraji P. Henson (@tarajiphenson) January 22, 2019
For those whose memory is lost on Weinstein, the film producer was arrested in May 2018 for charges of rape and other sex-related crimes. He was forced to step down as CEO of his own company due to the backlash he received. The #MeToo movement was spawned by the scandal along with #TimesUp.
Harvey Weinstein's arrest in May marked a watershed moment for the #MeToo movement.— NPR (@NPR) December 17, 2018
Now, his lawyers will be in court this week trying to get the entire criminal case against him thrown out.https://t.co/IeA2aZ8bha
Weinstein posted bail and is now free as he awaits his trial in May. He pled not guilty to five counts of felony sexual assault. His pre-trial conference is scheduled on March 7.