Taraji P. Henson Says Her Remarks On R. Kelly And Harvey Weinstein Had been Misunderstood

Taraji P. Henson lately fielded questions in regards to the backlash she obtained for feedback she made on R. Kelly and Harvey Weinstein on Instagram earlier this month.

Whereas selling her new movie, “What Males Need,” the actress advised The Related Press on Monday that she was “simply making an statement,” when she in contrast the Instagram engagements of the hashtag #MuteRKelly to these of #MuteHarveyWeinstein.

Each R. Kelly and Weinstein have confronted a number of sexual abuse allegations. 

“I by no means tried to say something,” she stated. “I used to be simply making an statement, and other people know what aspect I’m on. Why would I launch a basis for psychological well being in an African-American group for individuals to go someplace to speak to any person about traumatic experiences after which aspect with the predator?”

Final week Henson identified, in a since-deleted Instagram story, that the #MuteRKelly hashtag had garnered tens of hundreds extra posts on the social media platform than related hashtags for Weinstein had.

The #MuteRKelly motion, which was based by Oronike Odeleye and Kenyette Barnes, started with a petition to get R. Kelly’s music off Atlanta radio in 2017. 

Though R. Kelly has confronted sexual misconduct allegations, together with fees of kid pornography, over the course of 20 years, a latest six-part documentary on Lifetime, “Surviving R. Kelly,” has helped to provide his accusers― largely black girls and ladies ― a bigger platform to inform their tales.  

R. Kelly has denied all sexual misconduct allegations. 

Although it wasn’t precisely clear what level Henson was making an attempt to make on Instagram final week, many social media customers, together with “Surviving R. Kelly” government producer dream hampton, have been fast to level out that her hashtag comparability was harking back to generally used deflections in conversations surrounding sexual assault. 

“No concept why Taraji Henson wouldn’t know that there are usually not one, however two initiatives [about] Harvey Weinstein,” hampton wrote on Twitter. “However that is an oft-invoked deflection.”

The filmmaker additionally later famous that disgraced Hollywood mogul Weinstein is ready to face a prison trial for sexual assault allegations towards him. 

Henson advised the AP that the backlash to her Instagram story got here from, “individuals who need to see me fail anyway.”

“There’s no method, in the event you observe my profession, you bought that confused,” she added, saying it’s a “bizarre time” the place “something you say or do could be taken completely out of context.”