The Atlantic compares R. Kelly ‘tantrum‘ to Brett Kavanaugh testimony

By – The Washington Times – Thursday, March 7, 2019

The published an article Wednesday comparing singer ’s “tantrum” this week during an interview with Gayle King to defending himself against sexual assault allegations during his confirmation hearing in October.

on Wednesday proclaimed his innocence during a now-viral CBS News as he faces nearly a dozen charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. During the interview, leapt from his seat and screamed, “Y’all just don’t want to believe the truth!”

The the performance was “eerily akin” to ’s emotional defense during his confirmation hearing after Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexual assault.

Spencer Kornhaber, a staff writer for The , wrote that by the time was “up and spitting, he’d taken on the tenor of a child having a tantrum, or yelling at his confirmation hearing.” 

Mr. Kornhaber argued that while ’s interview “stands out for its anger,” his “self-pitying” attempt to portray himself as the victim “in the loudest and most public terms possible” was similar to ’s approach. 

“The closest comparison here might be to the #MeToo target now on the ,” Mr. Kornhaber wrote. “The substance of what the two men have been accused of differs vastly, but their responses — and the cultural scripts they draw upon — rhyme. shouted about Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations as being unfair given the life he’s lived, while argued that his previous acquittal meant the present allegations were also ‘unfair.’

“Boys-will-be-boys logic — whether about drunken tomfoolery or sexual conquest — play in both’s defense,” he added. “Most strikingly, the force and fury of the tactics used by both men make the same dare. For those inclined to believe the accused, passion in the face of prosecution could read as innocence. For those who aren’t, it might look like a predator’s brutality coming out.”

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