Since marrying Aaliyah when she was 15 years old, R. Kelly has been dogged with accusations and rumors about sexual coercion and misconduct toward much younger women, many of them under the legal age of consent. In spite of this, Kelly still boasts a legion of loyal fans and journalists--in music and beyond--have largely ignored his supposed crimes. This week on DirtCast, Special Projects Desk reporter Anna Merlan joins us to discuss our culture’s blind spot regarding allegations against famous men and what it takes to get journalists to report on them.
Margie talks to queen of the Huffington Post fempire Ariel Edwards-Levy, and she recounts the vibe from the AAPOR conference, the role of gender in 2016 polling, and her favorite pun. Follow her immediately @aedwardslevy.