Kelly manages to conflate his own alleged penchant for underage girls with Bill Cosby's presumed innocence in a bizarre twist of logic.
Here's Kelly responding to a question about Cosby:
Well, my opinion on that is, I don't know what happened. I'm a fan of Bill Cosby's from the Bill Cosby show, of course—who's not?—and for me to give my opinion on something that I have no idea if it's true or not, all I can say is that it was a long time ago.
And then he unwittingly reveals more than he may have wanted:
And when I look on TV and I see the 70-, 80-, 90-year-old ladies talking about what happened when they were 17, 18, or 19, there's something strange about it. That's my opinion. It's just strange.
What? So...is he trying to say, 'Who would want to molest those old ladies?' The interviewer seems poised to explain the concept of time passing and maybe even rudimentary math by interjecting: 'Although, if....' but Kelly keeps talking:
It's strange. Strange is strange. I can't explain strange. That's why strange is strange. Because it's something we can't explain.
When pushed to answer the question of how Kelly would feel about Cosby if the charges were true, Kelly won't have it.
If God showed me that they were telling the truth, I would say that's wrong. I don't care if it was a zillion years ago. But God would have to do that, because God is the only one can show me that. No man can tell me that. No woman can tell me that. And when you wait 70 years, 50 years, 40 years, to say something that simple, it's strange.
Strange or not strange, Kelly has his reasons for siding with Cosby. Not only defending him, but identifying with him.
Kelly has been charged with sexually abusing young girls on several occasions, even standing trial in a case where a video seemed to show him urinating in a young girl's mouth. While a jury acquitted him in that case, public perception of Kelly's character remains tainted, to put it mildly..
And he openly justifies his sympathy for Bill Cosby this way:
You know why I say that is because it happened to me, and it wasn't true.
The interview is wide ranging and touches on Kelly's childhood problems, his relationship with then fifteen year old Aaliyah, and his long-term sexual molestation at the hands of a female relative. The man clearly has issues to work on.
As for R. Kelly's music, a new song contains the lyric, Put your pussy right up on my head, that's a fitted cap.
It must be nice for Bill Cosby to have such a famous champion of his innocence, but with a friend like R. Kelly...you know where I'm going.
The main takeaway from the interview is, Keep your daughters away from R Kelly, but your grandma is safe. We have yet to determine whether this holds true for Bill Cosby.
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