#MuteRKelly protesters are turning up the heat on R. Kelly’s record label.
The group — comprised of organizations including Black Women’s Blueprint, Girls for Gender Equity, and UltraViolet, to name a few — gathered outside Sony Music headquarters in New York City Wednesday morning to demand RCA Records drop the Fiesta singer.
Protesters gathered in front of the Manhattan building to deliver 217,394 signatures demanding the R&B performer’s removal in light of the sexual abuse allegations against him. The allegations were outlined in Lifetime’s six-part docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly, which premiered on Jan. 3.
The docuseries addressed claims that Kelly had sex with underage girls, and alleged that he had a history of picking up teenagers at a high school in Chicago and at shopping malls during his tour stops. Kelly has denied all of the claims.
In light of the allegations, #MuteRKelly protesters want RCA to give the singer the boot. Some fans expressed their demands via posters, with one sign employing an acrostic poem to get its point across. “Record label Complicit in Assault (RCA),” it read.
Others participated in a group chant, shouting: “RCA, You’re to blame; stop protecting R. Kelly’s fame.”
“We believe black women and girls,” was another popular refrain heard at the protest.
— WHATS THE WORD (@WhatsTheWordTV) January 16, 2019
Singer Abby Dobson also performed at the event, a moment that was captured by advocacy group Now-NYC.
— NOW-NYC (@NOW_NYC) January 16, 2019
Other supporters shared strong-worded messages on social media.
“@RCARecords do the right thing RCA records,” one person tweeted. “Drop R Kelly … don’t allow him to continue the abuse of young women… The world will respect your actions.”
— liz orange (@lizorange1) January 15, 2019
Someone else added: “@RCARecords how do you continue to support @rkelly…”
— jasmin jumper (@JasminJumper) January 16, 2019
Sources connected to RCA told TMZ earlier this month that the label won’t “produce any of the singer’s new music, it will not put money behind any of his projects, and it will not release any additional music until criminal investigations in Georgia and other fallout are resolved one way or the other.”
RCA, however, has yet to release a statement regarding R. Kelly’s future with the company.