John Legend: Don't call me "courageous" for being the highest-profile celebrity to appear in Surviving R. Kelly
Many artists -- including Jay-Z, Questlove and Lady Gaga -- declined to appear in Lifetime's six-part docuseries on the disgraced R&B singer, leaving Legend as the only high-profile name to submit to an interview. "To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn't feel risky at all. I believe these women and don't give a fuck about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision," Legend tweeted last night. Meanwhile, Questlove defended his decision not to appear in a tweet he later deleted, saying "I didn't wanna be in the 'good times' portion of the doc, like stanning for his 'genius.'" Surviving R. Kelly producer Dream Hampton responded that Questlove wasn't asked to talk about his "Genius." "I asked you to come on camera and say the same thing you said on Twitter. I told you I need Black male allies." ALSO: R. Kelly's music gets a Spotify boost from Surviving R. Kelly.
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