Kiely Williams Responds To “Spectacular” Video Criticism

Speaking directly to the camera, former 3LW and Cheetah Girls singer Kiely Williams uploaded a video today addressing the net-wide criticism of her provocative new song and video, “Spectacular”.

[Have no idea what I’m talking about? Catch up here.]

“I am an actress and performer,” she says. “I have been so since my first role in a television pilot at five years old. I played a character when I was a Cheetah Girl. I am playing a character in the music video for the song Spectacular, as I did in the Cheetah Girl movies.”

“The fact is, that sometimes women get intoxicated and have unprotected sex. My video puts this issue front and center. It is absurd to infer or suggest that I am condoning this behavior. Are Lady Gaga and Beyonce advocating murder with the Telephone video? Of, course not. Was Rihanna encouraging suicide with Russian Roulette? No. Was Madonna suggesting that young unmarried girls get pregnant with Papa Don’t Preach? I don’t think so. Is Academy Award winner Monique a proponent of incest because of her portrayal of Mary in the movie Precious. Clearly, the answer is no.

“I wrote Spectacular and made the video to bring attention to a serious womens health and safety issue. Don’t shoot the messenger.”

My two pence? A well-articulated defense. If she was really trying to make a point and draw attention to a “serious issue” with the song and video, she should have done so in equally well-articulated fashion. Not convinced.

It also seems a tad innacurate to compare her artistic/cultural contributions to those of Beyonce, Madonna, Rihanna, Gaga and Monique. ;o)

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