The Pied Piper Tells All (Except about that Molestation Charge He Escaped)
Everyone has a right to tell their story, so says Tavis Smiley. And I agree with him but this … I don’t know about this one.
I read this press release yesterday: “R. Kelly to Release Memoir with SmileyBooks.”
“We are thrilled to be the conduit through which R. Kelly will tell his own story,” said Tavis Smiley, founder and publisher of SmileyBooks. “He has earned the right to tell his story his own way.”
In the memoir, Kelly, writing with celebrity author David Ritz, will detail the agony of losing his mother, whom he adored. He will reveal how the same creative soul that came up with such inspiring ballads as the iconic “I Believe I Can Fly” and “You Are Not Alone,” which became a No. 1 hit for Michael Jackson, could also generate such sexy R & B mega-hits as “Bump N’ Grind,” “Ignition,” and “When a Woman’s Fed Up.” And he will discuss the six-year legal ordeal that nearly ruined his life, but finally ended in vindication when he was found innocent of child pornography charges in 2008.
“I’m writing this book as Robert, not R. Kelly,” the singer says. “I’m tired of being misunderstood. I will show you the tears, fears, and sweat. I will open my heart and reveal the good in my life as well as all the drama. I want to tell it like it is.”
Smiley’s right. Everyone does deserve the right to tell his or her story, but why does Smiley have to be the one who’s helping Kelly tell his? I know it’s ultimately about money but … This whole thing is going to cause me to not be able to take Tavis Smiley seriously. And I want to take him seriously. Honestly, at some point in my life, I wanted to marry him.