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Church minister calls on Carnival Cruises for the play R. Kelly’s song on board despite objections

A group of church officials calls on Carnival Cruise Line for their behavior after a disagreement about a built-in DJ ‘ s refusal to stop playing R. Kelly songs.
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A group of church officials calls on Carnival Cruise Line for their behavior after a disagreement about a built-in DJ ‘ s refusal to stop playing R. Kelly songs.

Rev. Teri Peterson, a minister at the St. John’s Church in Gourock, Scotland, was on an eight-day Carnival Magic cruise with a group of clergywomen and other women in the office when the incident occurred.

Peterson said in a statement obtained by Fox News that a few of the women of color in their group were in the ship’s disco dancing when the DJ started playing a song by R. Kelly. But if the women, along with others in the club asked him to stop, he allegedly ignored their request.

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“His response was to sing and dance along and mocked them,” Peterson said, adding that they decided to leave the club that night.

Later she ran in the same DJ and he reportedly started singing the song and continue to make fun of them.

After a third awkward encounter with the DJ, the women complained, cruise staff, but were dissatisfied with the response.
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After a third awkward encounter with the DJ, the women complained, cruise staff, but were dissatisfied with the response.

“The response of the management on the ship was lackluster to the white women in our group also got involved, which they began to appear to take the complaint seriously and had meetings with various people, including the Guest Services Director, Entertainment Director, Cruise Director,” Peterson said.

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“These meetings were not offered to the women of color, who initially complained about their treatment by the DJ and the full complement of the management staff was not involved until the third incident of sexual harassment has taken place,” she added.

Peterson and her group have sailed on eight different Carnival cruises but say they do not do so.

They hope by bringing the issue to light, Carnival will implement changes to prevent a situation like this happening in the future, including: “Updated training protocols, including anti-racist training for all members of the crew and the staff,” improved response of the guests complaints and a better screening of the music that is played, not only by the exclusion of blasphemy, but also “to be aware of the current events and reality such as those in the surrounding R Kelly, and so the deletion of his music from the playlist.”

“I don’t want everyone to have the experience of our members of the group had been approached by the staff and dismissed by the person intended to help,” Peterson said.

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A spokesman for Carnival Cruise Lines released the following statement on Fox News about the issue: “We had a small group of guests, who took issue with two songs that our DJ was playing in a nightclub after midnight. While we play only the radio versions of popular music that are cleaned, so that offensive language is removed, we do not make a habit of the ban on music as we have a broad cross-section of the guests.”

“Our sailing team listened to the concerns of these guests, and provided a gesture of good will. We are proud of the many ways we’ve been recognized for our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and every day we work to make sure our guests and crew feel welcome and a part of the Carnival family. We find it unfortunate that this group feels otherwise,” the spokesman said.

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