Smokey Robinson and Fantasia also commented.
Conversations stemming from Surviving R. Kelly continue to unfold and many public figures are being asked to speak on the issue. Tinashe recently offered her opinion, describing the series as "tragic, sickening, disgusting... hard to watch." The singer reduced her insights to the length of time it took for these allegations to gain the public's concern: "It's annoying...beyond annoying, infuriating that it would take this long for people to get upset about it because, to me, it seems like we've kind of known about these facts for quite a while."
Her short statement addresses her perception of sexual misconduct being a prevalent issue "behind the scenes in different industries" beyond the scandal the public is currently focusing on. "It's important that we keep holding people accountable," she added. Fantasia also spoke on the issue. "I'm a mom and I've had the chance to work with him," she said. "I'm praying for him and I'm hoping that some things change."
While these female artists remained polite when prompted to comment on their collaborator, Smokey Robin's response was blunter."Maybe to the general public, this is just becoming knowledge. People in the business have known about this for a long time...Shame on you, R. Kelly," he said. "I mean, God gave you all that talent, great gift like that, and you exploit children with it? Shame on you."