Talk about an awkward appearance, New York City’s Democratic Mayor Bill deBlasio was caught on video of slapping his arms along with churchgoers to the R Kelly tune “I Believe I Can Fly.”
The disgraced R&B star is facing 10 counts of felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse after being charged last month in Chicago — there are four alleged victims, with three ranging in age from 13 to 16 years old.
And considering that R Kelly has dealt with accusations of sexual misconduct ranging from child pornography to underage sex for better than two decades, it may be fair to ask what is going on in that church?
De Blasio was in South Carolina testing his presidential wings when he attended the Victory Tabernacle Deliverance Temple in Orangeburg.
In the video, the mayor is seen standing on the left side of the chapel as a female choir member perform the late 1990s mega-hit. The pastor appears to lead the choir and the congregation in flapping their arms like a bird, and de Blasio joins in.
I wonder if the @NYCMayor realizes who sings this song 🤔 #SouthCarolina pic.twitter.com/zHOESeQDKU
— Courtney Gross (@courtneycgross) March 10, 2019
While some in the congregation stood to participate, a number of churchgoers failed to take the pastor’s lead and remained seated — it’s impossible to say if it was an act of protest.
Granted, it’s a popular song — “I Believe I Can Fly” was featured in the 1996 movie “Space Jam,” which starred Michael Jordan — and there’s always the possibility that the mayor doesn’t know that it’s an R Kelly tune.
Appearances aside, that’s precisely what de Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips fell back on.
“The Mayor wasn’t the church’s DJ and he certainly can’t be expected to recognize every R. Kelly track,” Phillips told Fox News.
As one social media user astutely noted, a “clueless” de Blasio is certainly plausible:
The @NYCMayor lurch is generally clueless about everything, so I doubt it.
— Henry Bottjer (@HenryBottjer) March 11, 2019
The mayor has had an interesting weekend, to say the least. He also tweeted Sunday about there being plenty of money in the world, but in the “wrong hands.”
Naturally, de Blasio wants to be among the progressive crew who gets to decide who gets what
We are just a few broken eggs away from an omelette, comrades https://t.co/CNqdERUYnn
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 10, 2019
As for R Kelly, it’s been a really bad week or so.
He made quite the splash last week in an interview with Gayle King on “CBS This Morning,” when he had an emotional melt down on camera over the charges he faces. He was also jailed briefly Saturday for failing to pay $161,000 in child support to his ex-wife, and on Sunday infamous attorney Gloria Allred claims a client has turned a tape over to police that allegedly shows the singer abusing underage girls.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses from Twitter:
i don’t think they mayor realizes much. most of america realizes what a bad leader he is and how distructive his policies are to our future.
— Len_G (@Len_G) March 10, 2019
And honestly some of the hip hop artist we celebrate today, their music videos and lyrics are just full of violence and pornographic contents but we celebrate them anyway.
— Kelvin Akpojiyovwi (@mrkelvinseth) March 11, 2019
That’s tone deaf
— Jeffrey (@steintrek) March 10, 2019
— Alonzo Mosely FBI (@FumbleOffense4U) March 10, 2019
Bill De Blasio @NYCMayor believes he can fly. Flaps to @rkelly song.
Get back to NYC and do the job we are paying you! pic.twitter.com/gZonKzUs22
— slappymalappy (@slappymalappy) March 11, 2019
Well this is an instant classic:
"Bill de Blasio flaps along to R. Kelly’s ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ amid child abuse allegations"
“The Mayor wasn’t the church’s DJ and he certainly can’t be expected to recognize every R. Kelly track.” — @EricFPhillips https://t.co/UzGaX9Udri
— Laura Nahmias (@nahmias) March 11, 2019
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