The idea of cults in entertainment is a strange and fascinating one. Celebrities are often held in such high esteem, its not surprising when they amass fanbases that take on cult like behavior. A cult is defined as a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object, or a misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular person or thing. From Beyonce to Elvis to Marilyn Monroe to the Beatles, all of these high profile icons have been infamous with their cult like followings. Sometimes these followings can get manipulated by the figure heads they admire, in an attempt to control them or abuse them.
R. Kelly most famously took this idea to a new level. The Chicago born R&B legend reportedly used his power and influences to lore young women into his life, where he’s accused of grooming them and establishing a sect. The women involved with R.Kelly have come forward over the years to talk about the way in which he got them to do his bidding, taking advantage of their admiration for him and his success.
A long and detailed Buzzfeed report from 2017 accused R. Kelly of trapping six women in a sex “cult”. The article alleges that Kelly seduced young women when they approached him for help with their music careers, before taking control of their lives – dictating “what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records”.
The star also confiscated the women’s mobile phones, the report says, barring contact with friends and family.
Recent stories have emerged surrounded rapper Blueface and shockingly similar allegations. On Sunday a viral video began making the rounds showing several women sleeping in bunk beds at Blueface home. Blueface and a group of men walked from room to room waking the women up, asking “who’s ready to get tatted?” He makes a comment about someone going home if they don’t get the tattoo. The tattoo in question is his Blueface logo, an image of Benjamin Franklin.
Dawg got the bunk beds like Heaven Gates in the crib pic.twitter.com/ibZWZdbh0U— Black Marlins Man 💫 (@ampaveli) April 25, 2021
One girl later showed her Tattoo off on instagram.
Apparently, the women are taking part in a homegrown reality TV show called the “Blue Girls Club” where the women have their phones taken away, have to fight each other, and compete in other challenges while inside the home.
Twitter was not feeling the idea and quickly compared Blueface to R. Kelly.
the last thing you wanna be is trending w/ R Kelly pic.twitter.com/yd2cKoMTja— 💜 Kulani 🧡 (@MagicJoyfriend) April 25, 2021
Another girl spoke out against it in her own post.
A former bluefacegirl speaks on not getting the tattoo. pic.twitter.com/IXOm8xjNFB— NOBLEANGEL (@ASAPANGEL4) April 25, 2021