R. Kelly: The Disturbing Reason Jim DeRogatis Titled His New R. Kelly Book ‘Soulless’
R. Kelly is the subject of a new book by journalist Jim DeRogatis titled Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly. The book is a review of almost 20 years of DeRogatis’ research and original reporting on R. Kelly’s alleged crimes against young girls. Here’s the disturbing reason why DeRogatis titled his book Soulless.
Jim DeRogatis calls R. Kelly “a monster”
In an interview with Vox, DeRogatis refers to R. Kelly as “a monster” because of all the crimes the singer allegedly committed. The journalist seemed to express a mixture of frustration and guilt. DeRogatis seemed frustrated because it’s taking so long for the singer to face punishment. He thought his first story about R. Kelly would have resulted in justice being served.
There also seems to be some feelings of guilt. DeRogatis told Vox he feels bad that it took so long for him to break the story about R. Kelly. “This monster is in our midst, in full view of the world, opening the winter Olympics and selling 100 million records,” said DeRogatis, referring to the fact that the singer’s career remained unharmed even though there were many lawsuits against him as far back as 1991 related to the alleged crimes.
R. Kelly’s daughter also referred to him as a monster
In a message to her fans, R. Kelly’s daughter, Joann, suggested she might have been abused by her father. In her Instagram statement she wrote, “The same monster you all confronting me about is my father. I am well aware of who and what he is. I grew up in that house.” R. Kelly admitted in interviews that he was sexually abused as a child. If Joann’s childhood home was similar to the home R. Kelly grew up in, it’s possible she may have also been physically and sexually abused.
Why Jim DeRogatis chose the title Soulless
The title of DeRogatis’ book is similar to R. Kelly’s book Soulacoaster, but that isn’t the primary reason why the author chose this name. He told Vox the title is a reference to what he interprets as R. Kelly’s disregard for the well-being of his alleged victims. DeRogatis even goes as far as to call R. Kelly a sociopath:
Soulless means that he’s preyed on young women without any regard for their well-being. When you realize that some of these young women have attempted suicide after their relationships — which is not even the right word. It’s so hard to talk about! You know this. It’s not a relationship, because she can’t consent legally. But after the sexual contact with him ends, which can last two or three years, [some of these women have tried] to kill themselves.
It’s not an exaggeration when I write, “I know the names of 48 women whose lives have been ruined by this man.” To me, Soulless is the classic pathological sociopath: “I don’t care. I have no empathy.” That’s what I’m saying. I don’t believe he cares. All of those women: “I love you,” he said to them, many times. And they said, “I thought he loved me and I loved him.” And yet it doesn’t turn out that way. That’s what the title means to me.
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