Guys, it seems like we may finally be entering an age where violence and sexual harassment against women — no matter how bleeping famous you are — is no longer being tolerated. And to say that it’s about time is a huge understatement.
Ever since the many, many Harvey Weinstein allegations have surfaced and with some of Hollywood’s leading men, producers and directors also speaking out on behalf of these women (finally!), the climate surrounding men who abuse their power may actually be changing.
If you need proof of that, look no further than a recent incident involving Sam Smith. The “Latch” singer showed up to a Saturday Night Live after-party featuring R. Kelly wearing a black t-shirt with the singer’s face and name on it, and his fans were beyond upset.
You see, back in 2008 Kelly was acquitted in a child pornography case, but allegations of his holding women against their will in Chicago have been surfacing every since. It seems that those allegations are fresh on everyone’s minds these days given all of the other ickiness going on, and Smith fans just weren’t having any of it.
Sam Smith this weekend. Need I say more? I guess he doesn’t know the history of R Kelly? Or his people did and knew it would draw attention. pic.twitter.com/K1oZN1Lfg8
— Stephen Sears (@xolondon) October 10, 2017
It figures a random new Sam Smith song has gotten stuck in my head, only for me to find out he’s walking around in an R. Kelly shirt…😒
— Faye (@FayePlays) October 11, 2017
Sam Smith can sing, but his voice is sort of sappy, maudlin and annoying. And wearing an R. Kelly T-shirt is totally uncool and ignorant.
— Andrew (@aflinders) October 18, 2017
.@samsmith I love you, but why the HELL did you wear an R. Kelly shirt last night?
— Mookie L (@mookie_lou) October 9, 2017
It’s unclear if the 25-year-old British singer knew about Kelly’s history or what it could mean to wear his shirt. Especially since he’s taken to Twitter to speak out about Weinstein…
POWERFUL words from Emma Thompson this morning about Harvey Weinstein. Fucking RESPECT!!
— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) October 13, 2017
It’s been nearly two weeks and so far Smith has refrained from writing anything about the R. Kelly incident on Twitter or talking about it in public. Here’s hoping that he’s chalking the incident up to a dumb fashion choice.
Because like the guy’s music or not, support is support.