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Category: r. kelly

TiTC on the IFC

If you haven’t been paying attention, there are now only 2 segments remaining in this second flight of Trapped it the Closets, and I have to say, it’s been a disappointment. It has all of the broadness of the first 12 episodes, but none of the poignant absurdity. Although there’s somewhat of a Trapped in the Closet reveal in Chapter 20, there is no incontinent, asthmatic midget stripper to be seen. And thus, I am saddened.

Watch the latest here, and tune in over the next couple of days to see if the absurdity can be recalled, and the series can be redeemed.

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The Independent Film Channel’s GM on R. Kelly’s TitC

The general manager of the Independent Film Channel sees fit to comment on why the cable channel will be posting the next 10 parts (parts 13-22) of R. Kelly’s brilliant, absurd music video cycle, “Trapped in the Closet.”

“Perhaps…it’s the way that Kelly pits the most influential, stereotyped elements of black pop culture – the religious figure, the ex-con, the down-low homosexual, the cop, the ignored woman and, yes, the hip-hop star – against each other in an irreconcilable moral conflict.

Perhaps it’s because “Trapped” takes the traditional production values of a music video and turns them on their head. There’s no hit single; there’s no cute hook or catchy lyric… The focus is on story and character, usually at the expense of a hummable tune.”

I think the series remains compelling for one other, very particular reason: it represents raw artistic vision at its best – which is to say, at its most willfully ignorant. Crash!