Gayle King interviewed R. Kelly for CBS This Morning and things took an … interesting turn.
A few things:
- Yep. The best way to prove you aren’t a serial abuser of women is to scream at a woman and try to intimidate her.
- WHO IS HIS LAWYER AND WHY DID THEY ALLOW HIM TO GIVE THIS INTERVIEW? I mean, I’m glad they did — I hope it convinces the last six people who think he’s innocent that he absolutely is not. But still.
- As I hinted at in the headline, this performance reminded me so much of Brett Kavanaugh’s ranty, unhinged performance protesting his innocence during his Supreme Court hearings. I know this is a cliché, but one of the most frustrating things about being a woman is being accused of being “overly emotional” when expressing anger or frustration at some bullshit, when men are considered “passionate” when they express themselves this way. Now, I haven’t seen anyone defend Kelly for this performance … yet. But I would be curious to hear some of Kavanaugh’s defenders’ opinions of Kelly’s behavior because it is the same. damn. thing.
Now, if you can’t watch video where you are right now, when Gayle King tried to ask R. Kelly if he held anyone against their will, he began screaming how STUPID that would be for him to do anything of the sort. He then begins crying and insisting that he’s fighting for his life, stands up and begins pacing around while screaming about how he gave 30 years of his career and how people are trying to “kill” him and — irony of all ironies — he’s just trying to have a relationship with his children.
King then voice-overs that they paused the interview to give R. Kelly some time to GET HIS SHIT TOGETHER.
Kelly obviously denied all the accusations against him, including holding women against their will and having sex with underage girls. He also accused his accusers of just wanting to make money off of books and movies, etc. You know, the typical sex ogre’s defense. He also kept insisting, weirdly, that he wasn’t keeping anyone chained-up in his basement while arguing that there really are women in chains being raped every day. Note: no one is accusing R. Kelly of chaining women up in his basement. He also tried to claim that because he’s been found not guilty of raping some women, it’s double jeopardy for him to be tried for raping some different women. It is not.
But this is the moment where R. Kelly reveals that he is a complete sociopath:
Again, if you can’t watch the video, this photo sums up not just the entire interview, but this particular moment in the #MeToo movement: men protesting being held accountable for all the terrible shit they’ve done while a woman looks on, unbothered:
Gayle King is receiving well-deserved accolades for remaining calm in the face of a completely unhinged man:
And I agree: Gayle King was a consummate professional and any normal person would be terrified in the presence of an accused abuser behaving this way.
But I should also point out that in the face of this sort of explosive behavior from a man they didn’t know very well, I believe most women would have reacted in a similar manner because we’ve been taught our entire lives that for our own physical safety it is our responsibility to de-escalate situations like these. I don’t know that I would have had the wherewithal to calmly talk to Kelly like he was a 6-year-old having a tantrum, but I recognize her stillness and her quiet so as to not further upset him. It’s what women have to do.
Here’s the full interview. It’s worth watching if only to see for yourself what happens when a narcissist who has escaped responsibility his entire life is finally trapped:
In Other Sex Monster News
LET THE CANCELLING BEGIN! Michael Jackson’s music is being pulled from some radio stations following Leaving Neverland. I will be paying attention to see if Capital One pulls its ad that uses “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” (As for their ad that uses “Let’s Go Crazy,” I am upset about that for other reasons.) Meanwhile, LAPD is keeping an eye on Jackson’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Finally, here are some important takeaways from Oprah’s interview with the two men at the center of Leaving Neverland.
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A defamation lawsuit against Bill O’Reilly and Fox News has been thrown out by a federal judge.
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In Other TV News
George R. R. Martin has no idea how HBO’s Game of Thrones will end. OH GOOD. IS THERE ANY WAY WE CAN WITHHOLD IT FROM HIM FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS?
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- The Sinner has been renewed and Matt Bomer is going to star this time around!
- One Hundred Years of Solitude, my very favorite book, is being turned into a series at Netflix. Prepare to be hearing a lot more about this one from me.
- Motherland has been ordered to series at Freeform.
- Besties is now Unrelated.
- Beccham House has been ordered by PBS.
- Costume Quest is being turned into a series at Amazon.
- Walton Goggins will star in CBS’s comedy pilot, The Unicorn.
- Michael Sheen will star in the Fox drama pilot, Prodigal Son.
- Aasif Mandvi is going to star in the CBS drama pilot, Evil.
- Sara Rue has been cast in the NBC pilot, Prism.
- Russell Hornsby has been cast in the lead role of the NBC drama pilot Lincoln.
- Sarah Drew will star in the CBS drama pilot, The Republic of Sarah.
- Brian Cox is the voice of Death in Good Omens.
- Abigail Spencer will return on Grey’s Anatomy.
- Karen David has been added to the cast of Fear the Walking Dead.
- Ron Perlman, Famke Janssen, and Laura Haddock are joining The BBC’s conspiracy thriller, The Capture.
- Adan Canto has joined ABC’s drama pilot Hypnotist’s Love Story.
- Leon Thomas has joined the ABC comedy pilot Woman Up.
- Nicole Sun has been cast in the Fox comedy Richard Lovely.
- Sean Kleier and Greg Keller have been cast in It’s a Man’s World at YouTube.
- Paul Walter Hauser is joining Da Five Bloods at Netflix.
- Siobhan Finneran and Hannah John-Kamen are joining the cast of The Stranger at Netflix.
- Alex Sawyer is joining the cast of Harlots at Hulu.
- Michael Braun has been cast in The Affair at Showtime.
- Julian Elijah Martinez, Dave East, and Vinnie Pastore have been cast in Hulu’s Wu-Tang: An American Saga.
Mark Your Calendars
- Good Omens will debut on Amazon Prime on May 31. And I’m not saying that the CGI is great here … it’s not, but it does look like the series captures the delightful spirit of the book.
- America’s Got Talent will return on NBC with new judges Julianne Hough and Gabrielle Union on May 28.
- American Ninja Warrior will return on NBC on May 29.
Michael Gray, Universal marketing executive, television producer and creator of the Electronic Press Kit (EPK)
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- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Samuel L. Jackson, Camila Mendes, X Ambassadors
- Conan: Rachel Feinstein
- Busy Tonight: Lauren Cohan, Toni Harris
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