Kanye West rants about not ‘tearing down’ controversial artists amid R. Kelly scandal

Kanye West is joining the growing number of celebrities weighing in on the R. Kelly controversy.

While hosting one of his new Sunday Service events, West referenced Kelly while arguing that art should be separated from the artist. He also mentioned the upcoming Michael Jackson documentary, “Leaving Neverland,” which is set to air on HBO this spring.

“They just gonna pull up full documentaries on him,” West said, according to Complex and a live-streamed video recorded by TMZ. “Then they gonna come with the Michael [Jackson] documentary. … We can all enjoy all their music all we want. I thought I wasn’t going to go there today. If we’re gonna tear down artists, let’s go ahead and take [Leonardo] da Vinci out the Lourve while we’re at it. Let’s take down all the art.”

West’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, was quick to defend her husband amid growing social media backlash.

“I’m going to nip this in the bud right now,” she tweeted. “Kanye was speaking about his own experience of everyone quick to say they are cancelling him because of differences in opinion & not being perfect. The analogies were in context to his own experiences, not defending anyone else.”

She continued: “I want to make it very clear, he is not condoning anyone’s actions or unacceptable disgusting behavior. My husband’s words are being taken out of context due to timing.”

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