R. Kelly has been banned from the city of Philadelphia

“Today we make a declaration to all predators to say that they are not welcome in this city.”

February 01, 2019
R. Kelly has been banned from the city of Philadelphia Scott Olson/Getty Images

The Philadelphia city council has passed a resolution that declares R. Kelly unwelcome in the city. The announcement was made yesterday on Twitter by councilmember Helen Gym, who co-sponsored the resolution in response to the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries and the #MuteRKelly hashtag.

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Though the ban reportedly won't be physically enforced, it was passed in an effort to set forth a city culture that won't tolerate sexual abuse. “The resolution is about not accepting,” she told The Philadelphia Inquirer. “It’s about being clear that we will not accept a future where rape is accepted...We’re not going to turn a blind eye to pain and we will not allow the silencing of black women in favor of powerful men.”

R. Kelly has been banned from the city of Philadelphia