On Late Night, Amber Ruffin takes down R. Kelly for pedophilia, crappy rhymes

Whether in her recurring segment “Amber Says What,” trying to bait her boss into saying the n-word, or last night’s “Amber’s Minute Of Fury,” Late Night With Seth Meyers writer and onscreen joy machine Amber Ruffin has a way of combining righteous indignation, sharp social commentary, and undeniable adorableness…

Spotify partially walks back its "hateful conduct" policy after pushback from Kendrick Lamar

Two weeks ago, Spotify made headlines by announcing that it was extending its “hateful speech” and “hateful conduct” policies out into the real world, removing from its playlists music by artists whose off-stage actions are “so particularly out of line with our values, egregious, in a way that it becomes something…

Hulu and BuzzFeed are also making a documentary about R. Kelly's abuse allegations

At the beginning of May, we reported that Lifetime was developing two projects about R. Kelly and the allegations that he keeps women in some kind of sex cult where they can’t do anything—including going outside or using the bathroom—without his permission. Lifetime’s projects are a documentary series and a…

Spotify removes R. Kelly, XXXTentacion from playlists under new hateful conduct policy

The campaign to #MuteRKelly has gained another powerful ally: This morning, Spotify quietly removed Kelly’s music, as well as that of accused domestic abuser XXXTentacion, from its editorial and algorithmic playlists, according to Billboard and Pitchfork. Both men’s music still comes up when you search their names,…

Campaign to #MuteRKelly gains momentum, joins forces with #TimesUp women of color

The reluctance of the mainstream music industry to engage with the predators in its midst has been well-documented, from Kesha’s legal battle with her accused abuser Dr. Luke to the silence from industry executives on decades of allegations of sexual abuse leveled against R. Kelly. Today, a campaign to pressure Sony…

R.Kelly performance canceled after protests surrounding those "cult" allegations

Nine months after canceling his latest tour—ostensibly for low ticket sales, but more realistically because Buzzfeed News ran an extensive, damning investigation into allegations that he operates a “cult” of young women whose personal and sexual lives he aggressively controls—R&B singer R. Kelly has had another…

Another woman comes forward with detailed abuse allegations against R. Kelly 

In an extensive profile for Rolling Stone, another woman has come forward to accuse R. Kelly of abuse, mirroring allegations against the R&B star that popped up earlier this year when BuzzFeed published a story about an abusive “cult” that R. Kelly allegedly trapped young women in. The latest accuser is Kitti Jones, a…

One of R. Kelly’s alleged victims says he paid her not to come forward

BuzzFeed News has just shared another potentially damning development in Jim DeRogatis’ ongoing coverage of R. Kelly’s questionable relationships with minors, including an alleged cult. Following last month’s exposé, in which multiple young women and their parents alleged that Kelly had and has been sexually and…

Georgia official calls for criminal investigation into R. Kelly “cult”

It’s been about a month since BuzzFeed published Jim DeRogatis’ latest exposé on the allegedly unseemly behavior of R. Kelly. DeRogatis, a veteran music journalist, was also the first to report on Kelly’s alleged sexual relationships with minors. But in July’s investigative piece, DeRogatis presented even more…

Let’s not forget R. Kelly’s response when a journalist asked him if he liked teenage girls

The week got off to a queasy start on Monday when Buzzfeed published a damning exposé on R. Kelly, accusing him of brainwashing and imprisoning several young women and further solidifying the allegations of pedophilia and sexual assault that have for years been associated with the R&B singer. Later that day, Kelly…

One of the women in R. Kelly’s alleged “cult” denies being held hostage

Damage control has begun in the wake of a BuzzFeed News article about allegations of abuse against R. Kelly. Music journalist Jim DeRogatis has long followed both Kelly’s career and personal behavior, which eventually resulted in DeRogatis breaking the story that the R&B singer was allegedly having sex with underage…

R. Kelly releases terse statement in response to “cult” abuse allegations

Early this morning, BuzzFeed News released an extremely damning, not entirely surprising bombshell of a story from Chicago-based music writer Jim DeRogatis detailing what his sources describe as a “cult” of young women, mostly in their late teens, who are allegedly being systematically groomed for abusive sexual…

R. Kelly accused of keeping young women trapped in an abusive “cult”

BuzzFeed News has published a long, harrowing read from veteran music journalist Jim DeRogatis, who’s uncovered a new crop of allegations against R. Kelly. DeRogatis has covered the saga of Kelly’s alleged sexual relationships with minors, which has more chapters than even the R&B artist’s magnum opus “Trapped In The…

Imagine Muppets having sex with this video of Kermit singing “Ignition (Remix)”

We know, through the story of Muppetfucker.net, in which an upstart DJ named DJ Muppetfucker had his website forcefully acquired by The Jim Henson Company so as to halt the spread of its pernicious muppet-fucking ideas, that The Jim Henson Company does not like to imagine the outcome of their much-suggested…

R. Kelly is not performing at Trump’s inauguration, R. Kelly reports

R. Kelly has issued a statement that he will not be performing at Donald Trump’s inauguration—a statement that, despite the unlikelihood of that happening anyway, was apparently necessitated by “rumors circulating online.” Kelly made a subtle allusion to the source of those rumors in the message posted to his Twitter…