Pretty crazy news! While you won't regularly hear the music of R. Kelly here, it's the first time I've heard of a city banning a music artist. Having said that, it just happened!
After all the sexual misconduct allegations against R. Kelly, our city council has passed a bill "banning" him from coming to Philadelphia.
Philly Councilwoman Helen Gym had this to say:
“The resolution is about not accepting, it’s about being clear that we will not accept a future where rape is accepted, and rapists and sexual predators get away with their acts. I believe that R. Kelly and predators like him should be shamed and banished from the public sphere.”
R. Kelly has denied all the allegations against him, and this doesn't mean he'd actually be arrested if he was to stop by. This serves as a statement basically saying that he's not wanted here.
“This resolution is about fundamentally stating a public declaration that R. Kelly and sexual predators like him don’t belong in a public sphere, with public support,” Gym said. “This symbolic act of solidarity puts all sexual predators on notice.”