I’ve been mulling over a lot in the last few weeks. Life is happening, and I’m still kickin’, but I’m battling some severe apathy right now. Sometimes it gets like that, and I’m not sure if it’s fatigue-related or what, but here I am.
Right now, I’m thinking about how teeth-grittingly peeved I was when I read this. Commentary from here to there echoed many of my thoughts, and I just wanted to watch dancing shows and not think about it. (And of course, this means I have the joy of knowing that Susie‘s gone, even though I kinda started to feel sorry for her at the end. Eh. I did not like her. Her dancing was all over the place.)
My point? I just knew R. Kelly was finally going to jail. He was on freaking video, y’all. I didn’t watch the vid, but a friend of mine sent me the stills back whenever they first broke [forgetting that I in NO way wanted to see them]. I’m a believer in the idea of innocent until proven guilty. But when the defense says to me – “who you gonna believe? Us or your lying eyes?” I choose my eyes.
Video is a powerful exhibit. I thought it’d be enough. I should’ve known better.
When you come out and call yourself something like the Pied Piper, I start thinking that you’re just laughing about getting away with murder child rape. The story of the Pied Piper is one about how a grown man takes advantage of selfish/ignorant parents and lures children into a situation they think is wonderful, but in reality removes them from their homes and families forever. Tell me again how that’s not making a mockery of this situation?
Those that have the gall to come up with some victim-blaming excuses are inexcusable, in my book. This girl was thirteen (13!) at the time the video was shot. Over and over, though, it comes down to the woman’s responsibility to shut a man down for any type of sexual abuse.
It makes me tired.
And I wasn’t looking for much.