I know, I know. I went and made a list of books that people wanted to see reviewed and then I go off and review something else anyway. But this NEEDS to be said, even though it has been said a million times already: sexual predators and their enablers are scum-sucking pieces of shit.
Rating: 5 Stars
This won't be terribly long, because I am pretty rage-y about this. I was pretty rage-y about it nearly twenty years ago when he was found not guilty in the first trial, but it didn't matter then, because - as the author states (factually, unfortunately) - R. Kelly got away with his crimes for so long because he targeted the population that is the most vulnerable in our society: young Black girls. I remember people making jokes about that tape, calling it the 'pee tape'. Um, excuse me, how about calling it what it actually is - child pornography and the rape of a minor. For fucks sake. I can't even.
This book infuriates me in that it even needed to be written. I had to skim over the more graphic parts because I just can't hear it any more. Everyone knew for years what he was doing, and they allowed it. No one did anything to help these girls he was hurting. They certainly did not get justice the first time around in that joke of a trial with that joke of a fucking judge who THREW A PARTY when it was over. Everyone knew, no one cared. Just like with Weinstein and all those other fucking assholes who think they can do whatever they want because they have money and power.
R. Kelly is a piece of shit. Don't come at me about, "But oh, his music is so great." Fuck that noise.
If you are an R. Kelly supporter (which then makes you garbage as well), this book won't change your mind because you already know everything and you choose to not care, just like all those people who could have done something but didn't, chose to not care.
If you see R. Kelly for the monster that he is, you will probably get rage-y like me and flip out and want to punch a hole in the wall or something.
Even so, this pretty succinctly and evenly lays out the timeline, from start to finish. My heart breaks for those girls and I hope to God that Kelly never sees freedom again.