Gayle King’s explosive CBS interview with R Kelly after he was charged with ten counts of aggravated sexual abuse was a study in emotion, and one particular part of the almost-two hour interview is getting a lot of traction online.
People have been sharing a CBS snapshot of a moment in which Kelly, overcome with emotion, stands up from his chair and dramatically proclaims his innocence.
This shot of Gayle King and R. Kelly is one of the most powerful photos I’ve ever seen. Her composure. His rage. It… https://t.co/qiNPbYLdxk
In the photo, King remains seated with her legs crossed and a neutral expression on her face. Kelly stands in front of her with his hands in the air, crying and shouting: “You’re killing me. This is not about music. I’m trying to have a relationship with my kids. And I can’t do it. Y’all just don’t want to believe the truth.”
His outburst, and in particular the image of him standing over a composed King, has become an important takeaway from the interview, and launched conversations online about race, black women and abuse.
People are praising King for her control and poise in the face of Kelly’s emotional outburst.
Gayle King deserves an Emmy, a Peabody, a Pulitzer and a Nobel Peace Prize for her calm, professional demeanor duri… https://t.co/Fg6VE7pk5R
Gayle’s interview aired on CBS News on Wednesday morning, and she told colleagues that she did not feel in danger at any time during the interview. She added: “I felt he had a lot of emotion and he wanted to release it.”