R&B singer R. Kelly PR campaign for his new album “The Buffet” took a sharp turn when the 48-year-old made an appearance on Huff Post Live yesterday for a Q&A during which the show’s host took questions from Twitter.
Delving into matters of low album sales and lack of public support for the singer, the show’s host pushed Kelly to answer questions about why he thought The Buffet might not have sold well (which he chalked up to digital piracy) before jumping into questions about his past (including those about sexual relations with minors) make it impossible to support the art.
- “Would I let R. Kelly babysit my daughter? F**k no,” read one tweet.
R. Kelly said:
- “I didn’t come here for negative. I came here for positive. I don’t give people that’s negative towards me the time of day … When you start getting negativity coming at you, you pretty much don’t wanna hear that crap. Especially if it was, what, I don’t know how many years ago.
So what I’m gonna tell you is that I am going to sit here and talk gonna talk to you like the beautiful lady you are and I’m gonna talk to you with respect but I’m gonna let you know that any other negative things come at me out of your mouth, as far as negativity, I’m gonna get up and walk out and I’m gonna go to McDonald’s. Hopefully, the McRib is out and I’m going to go home to Chicago, play me some basketball, go to the studio and work on my next album,” he said.
The interview continued with Kelly growing visibly uncomfortable.
- “I say f**k that,” he responded to both that tweet and fans who say it’s hard to divorce the man from the art — before eventually walking out. “I’m not perfect,” he added, “but I’m perfectly me.”