There are currently two things that have come back to bite Erykah Badu in the you-know-where: The comments she made about R. Kelly at a recent concert in Chicago and reportedly refusing to be in the documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” a claim she now denies.
Earlier this week, Atlanta Black Star shared Badu’s take on the disgraced singer and some of the backlash she received.
“I don’t know how everybody else feels about it, but I’m putting up a prayer right now for R.,” she said at a concert Saturday as people started to boo. “I hope he sees the light of day if he done all those things that we’ve seen on TV and heard those ladies talk about. I hope he sees the light of day and comes forward.”
And even though Badu made those comments several days ago, people are still talking about them on social media, and one Twitter user accused the Dallas native of defending Kelly because she worked with him.
But Badu denied it and said she doesn’t even know the disgraced singer.
“That’s not true,” she tweeted back. “I’ve never worked with him, don’t know him personally and was never asked to be a part of the documentary.”
That’s when “Surviving R. Kelly” executive producer Dream Hampton weighed in and shot down Badu’s claims about never being asked to participate. She also blasted the “Window Seat” singer for some statements she’s made previously.
“I asked producer T. Farris to contact @fatbellybella to be in doc because I wanted clarity on two things,” wrote Hampton. “One, a quote attributed to her, ‘No one has done more for Black people than R. Kelly’ and two, what she was thinking when she called him her ‘brother’ at Soul Train Awards.”
From there, not only did Erykah deny Hampton’s claims about being pursued to participate in the documentary, she demanded an apology but never got one.
“Apologize? Are you kidding?” Hampton tweeted. “Again, you publicly said he did more for Black people than anyone? If you want to apologize for that, fine, apology accepted on behalf of Harriet and the whole crew. What you meant by calling him your brother from the stage I’ll never know.”
Things ended after that, and there’s no word on whether the two women picked up the conversation offline.