The Philadelphia City Council has unanimously voted to permanently ban R. Kelly from the City of Brotherly Love. Councilwoman Helen Gym revealed the news last week via Twitter.
“Today our resolution honoring the #MuteRKelly movement passed in @PHLCouncil,” Gym wrote. “Philly stands with survivors.”
The accompanying graphic reads: “We reject a system that silences black women and accepts black pain. We believe survivors. R. Kelly is not welcome in Philadelphia.”
— Helen Gym (@HelenGymAtLarge) January 31, 2019
Following Lifetime’s eye-opening Surviving R. Kelly documentary, the #MuteRKelly movement appeared to pick up steam. Although the initiative’s origins are in Atlanta, it’s become a national trend in the wake of the alleged victims’ harrowing accounts.
“This resolution is about fundamentally stating a public declaration that R. Kelly and sexual predators like him don’t belong in a public sphere, with public support,” Gym told CBS Philly. “This symbolic act of solidarity puts all sexual predators on notice.”
Despite the mounting evidence against the R&B star, Kelly maintains his innocence.