I’ll admit I felt some type of way about seeing R. Kelly in the pulpit at New Hope Baptist Church Saturday afternoon.

While Kelly is a prolific songwriter and penned one of Houston’s hits (‘I Look to You’), seeing him standing there, looking like Brother Malcolm, and singing his heart out just didn’t feel right to me.

Although he was acquitted of child molestation charges, the tapes don’t lie. And every time I hear an R. Kelly song or see his face, I can’t divorce the idea of him peeing on a young girl from his sexed up songs. As a matter of fact, it makes me feel bad for even listening to his music…so I don’t even bother.

Apparently, my ambivalent feelings toward Kelly performing at Houston’s funeral was shared by many others.

Cultural critic and professor Dr. Boyce Watkins recently chatted with Dr. Christopher House about whether or not R. Kelly should have been allowed center stage Saturday afternoon. Their conversation led to an interesting conversation about forgiveness, redemption, how we view our performers and entertainers, and protecting our young girls.

Watch their conversation and let us know what you think.

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  • LeeLee

    For those of you who think you have the right to pass judgement on this man or any other man, allow me to enlighten you. Jesus did not hang around saints and holier than thou people because they did not need him. He hung around sinners and the reason why is because they recognized and knew who he was, the Savior. Jesus knew the sinners were the ones lost, needed him and needed to be saved. Jesus did not judge or mistreat anyone even though he knew our sins before we did and this includes Mr. Kelly. Jesus has not given up on any of us and is still in the saving business to this very day. He even forgive those of you who think you are closet sinners because no one knows your dirt but I have some bad and good news for you, Jesus knows and he has forgiven R. Kelly and can forgive you too. You are no better than this man and his sin is no greater or lesser than any of us just because we did not do what he did. None of us have the right to judge him or each other. He was not there as the center of attention nor to please you. If you did not want to see him then you should have changed your channel but apparently you did not because you found him relevant enough to take time out of your busy schedules to discuss him. He was there to pay homage to a dear friend and he sang the song he wrote for her which was a very beautiful one so haters keep it moving and get what he has, a life! Any questions…didn’t think so.

    PS-Haters go and buy his new cd, “Love Letter”…lol

    • sspratt

      Lee Lee – I love what you said and you are 100% correct we are all born sinners therefore, no one has the right to judge anyone on what they do. Why people couldn’t just watch the service and be thankful that her family allowed them to share in their private moment and say “what a good service”. It just kills me how people can find something bad to say about everything. For God sake this was a home going service… smh.

    • keren

      I feel you Lee. He died on the cross for people who have sinned, as well as those who know they are in need of THE savior. He knows his wrongs. Everybody else need to ‘fess up to what They are doing. we all will stand before the savior and give an account to what WE have done in this life. Kelly carries his own guilt. He already may have asked for forgiveness. Now I have to ask for my own. AND DAT BRO SANG DAT SONG!!!!

  • keren

    I feel you Lee. He died on the cross for people who have sinned, as well as those who know they are in need of THE savior. He knows his wrongs. Everybody else need to ‘fess up to what They are doing. we all will stand before the savior and give an account to what WE have done in this life. Kelly carries his own guilt. He already may have asked for forgiveness. Now I have to ask for my own. AND DAT BRO SANG DAT SONG!!!!

  • ms.gee

    He was invite by here family….when some one in your family dies you have the choice of who you want to sing. To say you don’t think r-kelly should have been allow to sing is just stupid this is none of your business & has nothing to do with you….THE NERVE OF SOME PEOPLE…smh

  • mel mcilwaine

    R.k. was off the chain his singing is from god whether we like it or not forgiveness is your way of living the life god intended so live it and again Rk was off the chain God bless him.o

  • david

    did you even THINK about what you your own self wrote about forgiveness?? protect our young girls? where the f! were you when I needed protecting as a young boy!! Yoe like to pick on important people though as that gets people to your site! Church is BETWEEN GOD and the person in that church NOT your judgement!!