Well-respected radio personality Tom Joyner is taking a stand with the members of the #MeToo movement and has vowed to no longer play anymore of R. Kelly’s music on his radio show.
According to Atlanta Black Star, the news came after Joyner met with #MeToo founder Tarana Burke. She was a guest on Jacque Reid’s “Inside Her Story,” which is a segment on Joyner’s show.
On the show, she talked about how playing R. Kelly’s music is an issue because his alleged behavior with underage girls dates back to the 1990s. She says playing his music does nothing to support the victims of sexual abuse.
“There is a lot of work happening but we need help,” Burke said. “We need ‘The Tom Joyner Morning Show’ to stop supporting R. Kelly. That’s one of the things that would help.”
Joyner responded by saying, “Okay, you got it. I’ll do that right now. I won’t play anymore R. Kelly music.” Burke thanked Joyner for his promise.
“We have to question what is more valuable, the lives and livelihood and wholeness and healthiness of Black women and girls or some music? It’s not just about playing his music; it’s about supporting him in ways that keep him wealthy so that he can continue to prey on Black women,” she added.
Although Kelly has denied allegations of sexual misconduct and violence against women over the last several years, it’s clear he isn’t out of the waters just yet as new allegations keep popping up.