Ever since “Surviving R. Kelly” debuted a few weeks ago, it seems like some of our faves have chosen to be on the wrong side of history when it comes to the Pied Piper.
Remember there was Master P, Keisha Cole and Da Brat wondering where were the parents of the singer’s alleged young victims. And just this weekend, Erykah Badu told a crowd at a Chicago concert that she wanted to pray for the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer.
Now, Taraji P. Henson inadvertently added herself to that unpopular growing list.
See, she thought it was a good idea to complain about how it’s unfair for R. Kelly to be muted, but not Harvey Weinstein. You know, the former film producer who has been accused of sexually assaulting dozens of women, is currently facing criminal charges and has a documentary of his fall from grace debuting at Sundance.
Oh, and the same Harvey Weinstein whose alleged horrific actions catapulted Tarana Burke’s #MeToo Movement into Hollywood’s mainstream back in 2017.
Guess, Taraji didn’t have time to Google that before she ran her Twitter fingers.
On Tuesday afternoon in an IG story, she wrote “Checking on these #mute for a friend. She then looked up the numerous #MuteRKelly hashtags before typing in #MuteWeinstein which only had one post.
Not surprisingly, soon after her post, folks started dragging the Oscar-nominee and even had her name trending on Twitter, which prompted the actress to do her own damage control by trying to clarify what she meant.
Oh Cookie, it’s too late. The damage was already done.
Black Twitter is very unforgiving and reminded the actress to worry less about what powerful white men are (and aren’t) getting away with and more about folks muting her new film “What Men Want.”
Somebody go take Taraji phone.— Tre'vell Anderson (@TrevellAnderson) January 22, 2019
I was feeling a way that Taraji’s career wasn’t where it should be. But after this?— Clarkisha Kent (@IWriteAllDay_) January 22, 2019
In her own words: “The universe has a way of taking care of the good people, you know what I mean?”
Bad people too, auntie. Like rape apologists 💅🏾 https://t.co/NWwuNxIKra
Is the plot to #WhatMenWant just Taraji P. Henson and Erykah Badu caping for R. Kelly?— John Elrod II (@LOTNorm) January 22, 2019
Oh nice Taraji P Henson is trend—OH GODDAMMIT TARAJI WTF— Openly Black Studs Twerkel. (@thewayoftheid) January 22, 2019
So upon all the calculations that Taraji P Henson did in ‘Hidden Figures’ she still came up with the wrong answer about this R Kelly situation.— machine gun Kele (@kelechnekoff) January 22, 2019
Yall.....Taraji P Henson done lost her entire mind....I... pic.twitter.com/8CuLCy19h2— Library School Class of '22 (@blkbravado) January 22, 2019
So Taraji P. Henson thinks R Kelly who has a couple of tour dates this year is being treated unfairly compared to Harvey Weinstein... a man whose life is in ruins and is facing a class action lawsuit from his victims. Was she always this fucking stupid?— V for Vladetta (@VladVinci) January 22, 2019
Me to Taraji P. Henson pic.twitter.com/LZiSQFRSo0— Danielle Huss (@daniellehuss) January 22, 2019
Me fining out why Taraji P. Henson is trending, and wondering why folks always seem to be so damn loud when they are wrong. pic.twitter.com/OFhZ2A83s2— Lovely is reading good books and bad people (@NatRemedieCoach) January 22, 2019
Taraji. Taraji. I don’t understand why y’all older black folk do this every time. The “absence” of outrage in YOUR bubble, doesn’t mean it does not exist. Weinstein is literally on trial as we speak. Which is more than we’ll ever get for R. Kelly. Why the hell would you do this?— where da hood niggas at (@JennE_Penny) January 22, 2019
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.
Lord. Taraji is on InstaStory comparing R. Kelly to Harvey Weinstein, as if R. Kelly is being treated unfairly.— jarrett hill (@JarrettHill) January 22, 2019
What is life? 🤦🏾♂️🤦🏽♂️🤦🏿♂️
Not sure what Taraji is getting at but...— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) January 22, 2019
Being mad that white sexual predators aren't being "muted" like Black ones is not a hill to die on.
Furthermore, the "mute" is bc RK is a musician. Oh, and Weinstein is on trial. Hold ALL abusers accountable.
I wanna have a conversation about women Taraji's/Erykah's age and their obsession with "being a man's peace/shield/sponge because society brings them down enough" but I've already hit my 1 thread a day limit.— LET'S GET LOUUUUUD 🇵🇷 (@_ItsMarisWorld_) January 22, 2019
Between her and Erykah caping for R. Kelly? Taraji about to have #MuteWhatMenWant trending if she’s not careful.— Rod (@rodimusprime) January 22, 2019
I PAID FOR AND SAT THROUGH ACRIMONY FOR YOU TARAJI... don’t do this to me!!! pic.twitter.com/0JZPkkO0XY— Beyoncé’s Wind Machine (@MikeyTBH) January 22, 2019
So Taraji really gone act like Harvey Weinstein doesn't currently have a case against him, expulsion from The Academy, and lost his company? While R. Kelly had whole ass hostages for like 5 years? Ok. pic.twitter.com/ljU4IZVcp6— big debt energy (@laurenges) January 22, 2019