Misogynoir, Celebrity Worship Made The Media Botch Reporting On R.Kelly-Aaliyah 'Marriage'
Jason Merritt/TERM via Getty Images The Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly,” revealed the years of abuse Kelly allegedly inflicted on multiple women. Today, his “marriage” to Aaliyah (which was later reportedly annulled) is accurately understood to be abuse. “For some folks, R. Kelly just fit neatly into that narrative.”20 years ago, Vibe prints marriage certificate of Aaliyah & R. Kelly, states she is 18 yrs old. ASSOCIATED PRESS Early discussions of the marriage between R. Kelly and Aaliyah lacked a black feminist critique of the relationship. “This compression [has] stripped black girls of their childhood freedoms [and] renders Black girlhood interchangeable with black womanhood.” “If you’re underage, there’s no such thing as consent,” Neal reiterated.