Petitioning The Observatory Orange County

Kick R.Kelly's rapist ass off the SOULQUARIUS lineup

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The Observatory venue of Orange County released an awesome lineup for their SOULQUARIUS event February 18th, with the exception of R.Kelly. Despite an endless flood of abuse allegations and widespread knowledge of his notorious "romance" with the late singer Aaliyah, who was age 15 to his 27 years, Kelly has maintained a relatively successful career. It's this sort of nonchalance and casual embrace of abusers that rests at the fulcrum of rape culture, violence against women, and in this case, misogynoir. 2017 is around the corner and many of us still have to look on in disgust as a proven predator, rapist, and serial abuser of young Black girls and women remains embraced in the world of music. Stop booking this man. Stop supporting this man. There's great power in having a voice. Let's send a message that the music is not "separate" and the abuse of girls and women is *never* okay, no matter who you are or how many timeless ballads you've contributed to the world.

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Via Huffington Post, a detailed timeline of the many (that we know of) accusations levied against Kelly over the years:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/r-kelly-sex-abuse-allegations_us_56797582e4b06fa6887eb270

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