Taraji P. Henson claims her remarks about R.Kelly and Harvey Weinstein were misinterpreted
Taraji P. Henson recently addressed the backlash she faced following remarks about R.Kelly and Harvey Weinstein. The actress claimed she was misunderstood and seems to know the source of the criticism.
Henson, 48, previously compared the engagement on #MuteRKelly to that of #MuteHarveyWeinstein and attracted the anger of many social media users who thought she was making a case for Kelly.
Kelly and Weinstein have both faced several sexual abuse allegations, but the R&B singer has recently been under intense scrutiny following the release of a “Surviving R. Kelly,” a documentary featuring interviews with women that claim to be his abuse victims.
“I didn’t just pray for R. Kelly; I said I wanted to just send energy to everybody involved."
While promoting her new movie, “What Men Want,” on Monday, Henson told the Associated Press that her comparison was just an “observation.”
“I never tried to say anything,” she said. “I was just making an observation, and people know what side I’m on.”
The “Proud Mary” star added:
“Why would I launch a foundation for mental health in the African-American community for people to go somewhere to talk to somebody about traumatic experiences and then side with the predator?”
Henson launched the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in honor of her late father last year.
Meanwhile, according to the actress who was recently honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the backlash came from “people who want to see me fail anyway.”
“There’s no way, if you follow my career, you got that confused,” Henson stressed. “Anything you say or do can be taken totally out of context.”
Kelly, 52, has faced sexual misconduct allegations almost throughout his entire career and was indicted on 21 counts of child pornography as far back as 2002.
He was acquitted in 2008, and even though Kelly continues to face similar accusations, has repeatedly denied them.
Erykah Badu reduced R.Kelly's crimes to "poor choices". Taraji P. Henson made a false equivalency between him and Harvey Weinstein. The aunties are really exposing their internalized misogynoir, and I can't deal. Black girls deserve better.— DeAsia Paige (@deasia_paige) January 22, 2019
Like Henson, her “What Men Want” co-star Erykah Badu also defended her previous controversial statement that she would “pray” for Kelly.
“Unconditional love is love. Love is love,” said Badu. “I didn’t just pray for R. Kelly; I said I wanted to just send energy to everybody involved ... anybody that’s hurting as a result of being hurt.”
Badu and Henson were together later on Monday evening in Westwood, California, for the premiere of “What Men Want.” Other famous faces in attendance at the event include Kelly Rowland and Mary J. Blige.