R. Kelly Confirms He's Not Performing At Inauguration With Odd Photo

Twitter had a field day with it.
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Looks like R. Kelly was pissed.

The R&B singer responsible for classics like the “I Believe I Can Fly,” “Ignition (Remix)” and the rap opera “Trapped in the Closet” recently found himself embroiled in a debate over whether or not he’d be performing at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Rumors started swirling on Tuesday evening, when a comedian tweeted that Kelly would be performing.

Nipping that in the bud, Kelly responded to the rumors with the following tweet on Thursday evening:

If it’s unclear as to why all of this is, well, fascinating, let’s break it down.

Earlier this week, BuzzFeed published an unverified intelligence report indicating Russia has compromising information on Trump. Part of that information included allegations that Trump paid prostitutes to urinate on a hotel bed that the Obamas once slept in. This reported information then launched a social media storm involving jokes about “golden showers” and calling Trump “PEEOTUS.” The president-elect, for his part, seemed to respond to the allegations by calling it “FAKE NEWS” on Twitter.

How does this tie to R. Kelly?

Kelly has faced serious sexual assault allegations in the past, some specifically involving urination. (Kelly has maintained his innocence throughout and was never charged with statutory rape, but has settled civil lawsuits that detailed as such in the past.)

Back in 2002, a video leaked that allegedly showed Kelly having sex with an underage girl and subsequently urinating on her. The allegations became more widely known after a comedy sketch by Dave Chappelle called “Piss on You.”

So, for those playing at home:

Trump’s alleged activity + His need for an inauguration performer = Rumors of R. Kelly making an appearance

Kelly didn’t help assuage the rumors with his tweet, either. Notably because the background is yellow (of all the colors!) and the words printed in red form this head-scratcher of a phrase: “rumors online not untrue.”

In any case, Twitter has been true to form about the whole thing, providing entertaining gems like this:

Perhaps Kelly will make a surprise appearance at the inauguration after all, but if he doesn’t, we’ll still have the musical stylings of Toby Keith and 3 Doors Down to look forward to on Jan. 20.

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