There is no doubt that R. Kelly is a talented guy, musically. But he may want to rethink some of his analogies. During a recent interview, the Chicago native compared Chris Brown to Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jesus Christ.
Seriously. The "Step In The Name Of Love" crooner, who caught legal heat when he was spotted allegedly urinating on a young girl on camera, made these claims when discussing Brown's woes.
The Guardian reports:
When he watched Chris Brown become the centre of his own scandals – which began with his assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 – Kelly says he could empathise but that he never felt sorry for him. "I only feel sorry for weak people," he says. "And mostly what I've come to find is that the weak people are the ones that are the haters. The ones that's talking about Chris Brown, or R Kelly, or anybody that's successful? I feel sorry for them, not Chris Brown, because he's obviously one strong individual to be able to do what he's done. He got knocked down a little bit and he climbed up. You know, that sounds like Ali to me. That sounds like Martin Luther King to me. That sounds like a lot of the greats that have walked this earth. It even sounds a little bit like Jesus to me."
He catches my eyes widening and clarifies: "I'm not saying that Chris Brown is Jesus or R Kelly is Jesus. But Jesus is the No 1 inspirer of someone being knocked down and rising again."
Nice try at cleaning it up R, but you still need more people.
But hey, let us know if you agree or disagree in the comments. R. Kelly's new album, Black Panties, is out today (December 10).
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