Cara Delevingne's 41 million-strong Instagram following isn't anything to scoff at, but in the last couple of days, it took an unprecedented hit.
This week, model and actress Delevingne found herself suddenly in the deficit of 50,000 of her usually loyal fans, for one very particular reason.
A post about R Kelly.
In the wake of the release of the Surviving R Kelly documentary, and the ongoing criminal investigation into the allegations of sexual, physical and emotional abuse made against the singer, there's been an outpouring of celebrities speaking out against what has been yet another instance of the creative industries turning a blind eye to male predators.
Lady Gaga recently broke her silence on previously working with R Kelly, apologising and vowing to remove their duet 'Do What U Want' from streaming services, whilst John Legend, who features in the documentary, took to Twitter to show his support for the female victim's of Kelly's abuse:
The 52-year-old is accused of abusing multiple women over 20 years with previous instances of child pornography being taken to trial but resulting in a verdict of not guilty. The accusations come after two decades of accounts from women about the abuse they suffered at the hands of the singer that were constantly ignored or dismissed as rumour.
Continuing her support for the #MeToo movement, model Cara Delevingne is the latest celebrity to express her disgust for the singer, posting on Instagram:
'I finished the Surviving R Kelly documentary last night and I am so shocked and outraged at how long this has gone on. My heart goes out to all the victims of his emotional and physical abuse and their families. This man is a predator that feeds of power and in my opinion is far worse than Harvey Weinstein and needs to be held accountable. I am not trying to compare the two, my point is, Harvey is being investigated and R Kelly is not. We have ourselves to blame in this situation, I knew of the allegations but failed to try and understand the severity of the situation. I still continued to listen to his music. Stop separating art from the artist, just because he sings like an angel, doesn’t mean he is one. I still want to applaud for continuing the conversation. I really hope that more musicians stand up against this monster '
The actress and activist posted a raw and emotional caption, asking her followers to support the victims of Kelly's abuse and to 'separate the art from the artist'.
Cara also compares R Kelly to producer Harvey Weinstein (who is for multiple sexual harassment accusations in May), however, acknowledges that this isn't about deciding who is worse, but about holding anyone who abuses a position of power to assault women or men to account.
With last year's pioneering of the long overdue #MeToo and #IBelieveHer movements, there is at least a semblance of hope that this is finally happening.
Despite this, the teen fiction author was forced to post a follow up Instagram expressing her distress at losing 50,000 followers after she spoke out about R Kelly.
'This is me realizing I lost more than 50,000 followers yesterday after posting about Every time I say something real, something I truly believe, something others may think of as controversial, something that makes people think and ask questions, I lose followers. The followers I lose clearly don’t agree with what I have to say, people that support the ideas and actions of others who are moving backwards and not forwards. In 2019, I want to be more confrontational. Confrontation IS NOT VIOLENCE btw, it’s communication. Something I still struggle with. I have always been taught to avoid confrontation at all costs, which caused me to be silent most of my life, silence causes suppression and suppression causes sickness. Not anymore! Goodbye silence and backwards followers, hello confrontation and forward thinkers. It’s going to be a loud year xxx '
In a time when we need to be encouraging victims to speak up and supporting and believing them when they do, we can understand Cara's disappointment in those followers who would prefer to ignore the abuse that has pervaded the music industry for decades.
Here's to more celebrities using their platform to break the wall of silence around sexual abuse. Cara, we're with you.