By Onyinye Ugwu
Following the release of Lifetime’s 3 Day docuseries, ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ which has once again brought to fore strong allegations of sexual abuse carried out on numerous underage girls by American RnB singer, R.Kelly, record sales of his music have sudden picked up – a situation which has left many confused.
Several women provided compelling testimonies in the documentary suggesting the singer not only sexually assaulted young women and girls but abused them for decades.
The Internet also responded with collective revulsion on the allegations, with many opining that the lack of protection for black women allowed an apparent child rapist to thrive for decades.
But all of the negative press seems to be working for Kelly’s good as a report according to The Blast, revealed that Spotify sales of Kelly’s music increased 16 per cent after the first episode aired — and continues to climb while upsetting many people including actress, Jada Pinkett Smith, who shared a video about it.
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But licensed American clinical psychologist John Mayer, who’s the author of Family Fit: Find Your Balance in Life, who spoke with Yahoo Lifestyle said: “More people are downloading R. Kelly’s music now because of the curiosity that this publicity has generated.” He also added, “From a social perspective, people love controversy and gossip, and downloading his music is a way that people can get into the controversy.”
Also, psychiatrist and author of ‘The Power of Different’, Gail Saltz, shared the same opinion as Mayer. “I think it’s more likely that people are fascinated with the horrible story of R. Kelly, powerful person with seemingly everything doing terrible sexual things and victimizing those without power, a sadistic and masochistic fascination and voyeurism that draws people to listen to his music to be involved further in observing the story,” Saltz tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “It’s like people wanting to watch car wrecks, or other horrible scenes — a fascination with the morbid.”
Mayer also added to his theory that some people may also be trying to “play detective to see if there are clues to his alleged abuse or hidden messages about his character or crimes.” There’s also what Mayer calls a ‘forbidden fruit’ element to this, saying People often want something that they know they shouldn’t have. “Think of the people that buy artworks from [serial killer] John Wayne Gacy, it’s creepy but thrilling,” Mayer adds.
As for Saltz, she says people “aren’t thinking” when they’re downloading R. Kelly’s music right now, given that it ultimately earns him more money.
Kelly is yet directly addressed the allegations raised by the documentary, though sources close to him are saying he intends to sue everyone involved in making it