R. Kelly Was Cut From The Fashion Meets Music Festival Because Of His Past
|R. Kelly Was Cut From The Fashion Meets Music Festival Because Of His Past|
Kelly's spot atop the bill had been criticized harshly by members of the city's local music scene. Two Columbus bands—Saintseneca and Damn the Witch Siren—who were scheduled to play Fashion Meets Music had announced in recent weeks that they were withdrawing from the festival over Kelly's involvement, which led to local radio station WCBE pulling its sponsorship of the event.
A spokesperson for the festival said in a statement that the community's response was what led to Fashion Meets Music severing its ties with Kelly, while also noting that it had hired a PR firm to help clean up the mess.
Kelly’s publicist released a statement regarding his dismissal from the music festival by saying, “R. Kelly is sorry to disappoint his fans but looks forward to seeing them in the near future during one of his upcoming tours.”
Although some are reluctant to allow R. Kelly to move beyond the allegations, others have shown support. His latest album, Black Panties, has sold 300,000 copies thus far.