The Return of R.Kelly’s Trapped In The Closet!

by Thembi Ford

“Sylvester, Rufus, Cathy, Gwendolyn, Bridget, Big Man, Rosie the Nosy Neighbor, Twan and Pimp Lucius are back!”

So reads a press release from IFC announcing the return of R.Kelly’s “hip hopera” Trapped In The Closet along with a teaser clip giving us a glimpse at all of the drama that’s to come. In spite of past promises from Kelly that more installments were in the pipeline, this is the first time anything has turned up since the saga’s first 22 chapters in 2005.

The truth is that I’ve never seen Trapped In The Closet and don’t understand what it is.

Back in 2005 I was living in Europe and the series didn’t made its way across the pond until after I’d come back to the states, and by then the fad had passed. When people told me that R. Kelly had a hip-hopera I first wondered why folks won’t accept that the term “hip-hopera” never has and never will catch on. Never. Then I wondered why folks are still allowing R Kelly to do things in our society and, once I realized that the closet thing was literal and not an expression for hidden homosexuality, what on earth the thing was about. But I was late on things and never got the joke.

The press release describes it as the story of “a group of characters interconnected by sexual exploits, little people and a mysterious package,” does that sound right? I have a real question that I’m equal parts embarrassed and proud to have to ask: should I catch up on past installments of Trapped In The Closet and join in on the foolishness? Will you watch the upcoming chapters?

  • Rachel

    I realize how foolish these videos are, but…you should absolutely catch up. It’s a comedy goldmine of ratchetness, if nothing else, and you can find the past episodes easily on YouTube. :D

  • MsQuita

    Watch it just for the foolery and fun of it!!!!

  • http://www.iammisha.com YoursTruly

    You better catch up on it..I loved the Trapped In The Closet series he did before not sure if he should be adding on it tho…

  • http://sayjerve.storenvy.com ChariseJerve

    Dear God… Say it ain’t so.

  • Yep!!

    Please watch 1-22 and catch up! You won’t get the rest of it if you don’t. Altough it was seen as corney, I absolutley loved it!

  • Dalili

    LOL! My sentiments exactly!

  • CC

    Where in Europe where you staying?

    I live in Europe (London) and I am 21 so how comes I knew about Trapped in the Closet? Everyone out here and my friends from Sweden, Germany, France, Portugal and Italy etc know about R Kelly’s TITC, I used to get copies from the market stall selling bootlegged bootlegs.

    I co-sign Rachel’s “It’s a comedy goldmine of ratchetness”, so definitely catch up!

  • ohhh

    The writer is clearly a pressed hater that lives under a rock

    I have family in Europe that knew about TITC the year it was released. Plus R. Kelly is really popular in Europe. Especially, Germany, UK and Netherlands.

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