R. Kelly Stands His Ground

Matt Ashare of the Boston Phoenix weighed in on the situation surrounding and how it compares to famed director Roman Polanski. Ashare writes, “Unlike Polanski, whose films have never centered on sex, Kelly has built his reputation as a soul man on a foundation of playfully steamy songs filled with the kind of barely veiled double entendres and unabashed bedroom boasts that are almost as crucial to R&B as a good groove… Fortunately for Kelly, ‘jailbait,’ as underage women were charmingly referred by ’70s rockers, is considered something of an occupational hazard in the realm of pop music, perhaps even more so than in the world of film. That may not hold much water in a court of law, but the court of public opinion hasn’t come down any harder on Kelly than it did on Polanski.” The full story at bostonphoenix.com has since been removed.


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