Pete Davidson Has An Interesting Take Listening To R. Kelly And Michael Jackson

Lynne Versluys 13 Mar 2019

Pete Davidson has some advice for people who are struggling to reconcile their love of music by R. Kelly and Michael Jackson with

Hard To Reconcile

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In the wake of R. Kelly's arrest and the Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland, fans of both musicians are having a hard time reconciling the music that they love with the horrible acts that these men have been accused of doing.

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Pete Davidson On The Weekend Update

On the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, Pete Davidson did a segment of "Weekend Update" to address the allegations that have resurfaced about the musicians lately. He offered advice to people who still love their music while also acknowledging that these men allegedly engaged in absolutely monstrous behavior.

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"Not An Easy Decision"

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Davidson explains that you "just have to admit that they're bad people."

"I’m not saying it’s an easy decision, I’m just saying you don’t know how good someone’s music really is until you find out they’re a pedophile. And the reason everybody’s so upset is because R. Kelly and Michael Jackson made great music. If I found out Macklemore did some stuff, I’d be happy to free up the space on my iPhone."

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"All Really Talented People Are Sick"

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Davidson said that he thinks R. Kelly is a "monster who should go to jail forever," and made an interesting point about the Catholic Church.

"If you support the Catholic church, isn’t that the same thing as being an R. Kelly fan? I don’t really see the difference — only one’s music is significantly better…once we start doing our research we’re not going to have much left because it seems like all really talented people are sick."

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Appreciate Their Work But Admit What They Did

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Davidson pointed out the importance of acknowledging what people did even if you continue to consume the media that they created.

"Pretending these people never existed is maybe not the solution. The rule should be…you could appreciate their work, but only​ if you admit what they did. You can buy a Mustang, but you have to say, ‘Henry Ford hated the Jews’ as you buckle in. The full sentence should be ‘Mark Wahlberg beat up an old Asian dude, and I would like one ticket to Daddy’s Home 3, please.’ Because if it’s that important to you, at least own it. I don’t ever need to see a Kevin Spacey movie again, but if the CEO of Swisher Sweets turns out to be a cannibal, I can’t just change my whole life."

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Donate To Charity

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Davidson also offered a solution for those trying to reckon with their guilt:

"Any time any of us listen to a song or watch a movie made by an accused serial predator, you have to donate a dollar to a charity that helps sexual-assault survivors."

Do you agree with Davidson? Can you still appreciate art if you acknowledge that the person who made it is a monster?

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