The ladies of Girls Rock Camp Houston are officially not havin’ it. The Free Press Summer Festival is scheduled for early June, but GRCH has a bone to pick with the organizers of the event. After visiting GRCH’s Facebook page, they’ve made it clear that they aren’t very happy with FPSF’s choice of headlining artists, and there’s one artist in particular that must go: R. Kelly.
Yep. You read it right.
Before I go on, take a look at GRCH’s vision, via their website:
Girls Rock Camp Houston is a one-week summer day camp formed in October 2009 to offer girls (ages 8-18 years old) music and art based workshops. Targeted areas include: musical development, self-esteem enhancement, creation of their own music, friendship and community building, and nurturing individual talents within a cooperative atmosphere. Additionally, girls will benefit from physical & artistic activities that complement their music instruction.
Goals for the program include empowerment of girls & women though music and providing the opportunity for all definitions of girls & women to succeed in any music-related venture. Girls of all backgrounds and musical levels are encouraged to apply, since a limited number of scholarships will be provided.
So after reading that, I think you can pretty much get the gist of what’s going on here. People don’t want him at the Free Press Summer Festival. Like, at all.
According to HoustonPress.com, GRCH’s director Anna Garza had this to say:
“Everyone is working towards a resolution. We continue to hope that Free Press Houston and Pegstar will pull R. Kelly from Summerfest.”
Check out the open letter she and her colleagues wrote to the FPSF below: