R. Kelly arrives at the 41st American Music Awards in 2013.
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"You have to ask for food. You have to ask to go use the bathroom."
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"Look at all the young girls, this is a felony waiting to happen." That was the "joke" that Russell Peters used to open up the 2017 Junos on Sunday, an award show that had already been marred by a second consecutive year of the #JunosSoMale debate over gender-imbalanced nominees. Peters then proceeded to reduce Canada's heritage minister, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, to being "hot." The show went on, but anger over Peters has continued to build as have the usual defenders crying about how it was just a joke. So let's unpack that.
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I'm just asking for all of us to take a second and really analyze what's happening when we knee-jerk defend a celebrity. Do we truly think they're incapable of doing the act in question? Or do we just need to believe that we didn't invest our love and energy in a bad place? Only children think that someone they love is infallible because of that love. So let's grow up.
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It finally happened. After months of accusations from over 50 women with horrific tales of sexual assault, Bill Cosby's luck has run out. On December 30th, 2015, Cosby stood before a judge, faced charges of indecent assault, and paid more money in bail than most people see in their lifetimes. If convicted, Cosby could face a mere $25,000 fine and ten years in prison. These are charges from only ONE of the women, Andrea Constand, who says she became friends with Cosby when she worked at Temple University.
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Attending a live concert has always been a very special thing. Fans come out in hundreds or thousands to watch their favourite artists perform and share the special bond that is the love of live music...
Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, which reminds us of how many people get the spirit of romance wrong. People like Robin Thicke, Enrique Iglesias and R. Kelly or even Nick Cave, Death Cab and th...
We all know the allegations against R. Kelly (a.k.a. Robert Sylvester Kelly) -- his "exploits" are widely catalogued in pop culture. But now that the Village Voice has published all the gory details about how he abused young women, I can't separate this artist from his actions any more. So I vow to leave the room when "Ignition (Remix)" comes on. I vow to never watch Trapped in the Closet again (though, to be honest, once was probably enough anyway). This is it. I'm done. It's a small step and by no means do I think it will change the world, but it's something I can do to honour the women whose lives were shattered by Kelly's actions.
Good Friday is here, the day Christians around the globe commemorate Jesus dying for our sins. This got us thinking, "There are lots of song about Friday. But how many of them are about Good Friday?"...