Official music videos of ‘Ignition,’ and ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ now removed on the platform.
In line with the recent court conviction of R&B singer, R Kelly, YouTube has now decided to remove the official page of the singer on their platform. R Kelly’s official music videos of his famous songs ‘Ignition’ and ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ were no longer available on the video-sharing app.
YouTube pulls out R Kelly videos
On Tuesday, Oct. 5, NBC News reported that YouTube has finally removed all the official videos of R Kelly performances on the platform. As we search on YouTube, the keywords like R Kelly songs would no longer show the official music videos of his songs.
Instead, other videos that consist of his song lyrics or unofficial pages posting his music videos will be seen on his page. There was no official statement from YouTube regarding their action to participate in “canceling” R Kelly.
However, as reported, YouTube has its creator responsibility guidelines that punish anyone by removing their page or videos on the platform. As explained, once the YouTube channel owner is accused of any “egregious crimes” the platform has the ability to delete their content without needing to alert the affected party.
So far, R Kelly’s management has not yet released any statement about the YouTube course of action.
Unfortunately, the YouTube Music services still have the songs and albums of the singer. The platform’s rival apps, such as Spotify, Amazon Music, and Apple Music, did not also remove R Kelly’s songs on their platforms.
There was no report yet if they would do the same thing as YouTube.
R Kelly has been in the controversy of sexual charges for years now. But, this year was the only time that the singer faced jail time for his crimes.
Oronike Odeleye and Kenyette Tisha Barnes are two of the founders of #MuteRKelly, a grassroots campaign online. They reportedly work with other people to silence R Kelly and his songs to gain more profit.
One of the founders, Barnes, said that they appreciate what YouTube did for the community.
She said that this is “the beginning of the seismic paradigm shift of R. Kelly’s legacy. It was his music that allowed him to buy himself out of accountability. … It is my hope that other platforms follow suit and Mute R. Kelly.”
R Kelly Charges History
Based on an Associated Press report, R Kelly was recently found guilty of nine counts for sex trafficking in a Brooklyn court. The jury reportedly made that decision after the evidence and statements done by all the victims of the singer.
In the said trial, R Kelly was accused of having non-consensual sex with underage women when he was already an adult. Most of the said women alleged R Kelly of being abusive to them whenever they did something wrong or against the “Rob’s rules.”
The real name of R Kelly is Robert Sylvester Kelly.
One of his victims even said in the statement that “I was scared. I was ashamed. I was embarrassed,” when she was around R Kelly at the time.
Reports said that R Kelly could face decades of jail time for all his charges.