Aside from the musical tastes of this South Carolina church, people are putting face to palm after watching a video of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio grooved to R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” from the 1996 Space Jam soundtrack.
R. Kelly is an R&B singer/songwriter and is also a known sex offender who has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four alleged victims, three of whom were minors.
He was indicted in Chicago last month. Maybe this church was celebrating the impending justice by playing his song? Nah.
In the leaked clip, de Blasio can be seen off to the left side of the chapel and flapping his arms to mimic the lyrics of the embattled singer’s once uplifting ballad about him taking flight “so high he can touch the sky” and flee from the law.
NY1 reporter Courtney Gross tweeted the video and wrote:
“I wonder if the @NYCMayor realizes who sings this song #SouthCarolina.”
— Courtney Gross (@courtneycgross) March 10, 2019
Despite the pastor urging for the congregation to stand up and join in and letting their spirits move through them, most who were wise to the artist’s unspeakable sins and refused to let R. Kelly be their guide by remaining in their seats.
We can’t get past the song choice inside a church.
i’m more offended that the church is singing it than by him for going along with it
— michael jackson’s red shirt (@Naja_Hough) March 11, 2019
The bigger issue is the church shouldn't be playing this. He's just going with the flow like every other awkward white politician in a black church….
— Sealy (@SEALy92) March 11, 2019
Im just wondering why this is played in a church in 2019
— 💎Keenan Watson💎 (@MrBuddyGarrity) March 11, 2019
Others argued that music could be separated from the artist and enjoyed on its merit.
Regardless of what he did this is still a great song. We should be able to separate the art from the artist if not then we would have to “cancel” everybody. Wait until you find out what your favorite musician, artists, actors really do behind closed doors.
— KELLAH ABDUL JABBAR (@MostGiftedNegro) March 11, 2019
It's a song. Songs shouldn't be erased from our lives because of the artists ..
— Salamai8016 (@aslam12317) March 11, 2019
Yes, they should. It's actually pretty simple
— Alpha 🐺 (@TheAnthonyVelez) March 11, 2019
But the consensus claimed ignorance for de Blasio spreading his wings to a scarred sex offender’s song.
This is the worst political gaffe since Gerald Ford ate a tamale with the shuck still on it in San Antonio! @Kokomoschmoe @TheEsquire212 @POLIV411 @MyTimesProse @HeavenlyDiva77 @LisaMartino18 @stylishsatirist pic.twitter.com/TYqtcS7GDF
— Robert McKenzie ® (@steelers1288) March 11, 2019
Let's just add this to the list of things he's perpetually clueless about….
— Nicole Beauchamp (@NikkiBeauchamp) March 10, 2019
The singer pleaded not guilty to all the charges and continues to deny the allegations.
Recently, Gary Dennis, a nursing home worker, came across footage of the singer allegedly “sexually abusing underage African-American girls” and said it was his “moral duty” to notify law enforcement.
However, Gloria Allred, the lawyer who represented the other women alleging sexual abuse by the singer conceded that she couldn’t be “100% certain” the man in the video was R. Kelly. The singer denies being in the video.
He also had an emotional breakdown during a CBS This Morning interview with Gayle King in which he said, “I didn’t do this stuff. This is not me.”
In regards to the church’s out of step dance break, de Blasio’s rep insisted in an email:
“The Mayor wasn’t the church’s DJ and he certainly can’t be expected to recognize every R. Kelly track.”
I’ll give the church and the mayor the benefit of the doubt and say it’s because they’re from a generation that didn’t listen to R Kelly on the radio…. that’s all I got 😂😂
— AnG (@ahal79) March 11, 2019
Maybe de Blasio may have been clueless about the song’s origins, but whoa boy, is it cringe-worthy to watch!