New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has found himself in a tricky situation, possibly stemming from the fact that he was not aware whose song he was dancing along to in a recent video.
Footage shows the mayor dancing along to R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” during his visit to a South Carolina church, much to the amazement and disappointment of some of those attending.
The video quickly became viral and started spreading around the Internet, with many pointing out the ridiculous appearance of the mayor in the context of the recent allegations brought up against Kelly.
It is worth noting that this is not even the first time the Chicago crooner has found himself in hot water as a result of his sexual misconduct, making the act even more unusual.
Some have commented in defense of de Blasio, claiming that it is essential to separate artists’ work from their personalities.
When asked about the incident, the politician replied: "I didn’t know it was his song. I just didn’t know it was his song. I know the song, but I didn’t know it was him. Period. You act differently if you know, but I just didn’t know."
He added: "And I know you guys have a job to do, but I hope if you were in the same situation you would accept if you don’t know someone’s song you can’t pass judgment at the moment. I was a guest in that church, the minister played the song and spoke about it, and I was being respectful. I think that’s all there is to say about it. It wasn’t something I had foreknowledge on."
There are some who insist that Kelly’s music still has its value despite the recent scandals around the "Ignition" singer and that people should not forget the good times they have had with his songs just because he himself is going through these difficult times at the moment.
This argument may have some validity, given the fact that Kelly is far from the only performer to find himself involved in a scandal.
At the same time, many of his peers have managed to retain their popularity in their respective fields despite the negativity towards them personally.
Do you think the church was right or wrong for playing the song?