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There's no doubt that Kim Burrell has been a well-respected figure in the gospel community for many years, but she's currently facing backlash after delivering a homophobic sermon at a Pentecostal church in Houston, Texas. And now, unsurprisingly, she's been dropped from an scheduled performance for Jan. 5 on The Ellen Degeneres Show.
Last week, Burrell gained attention after video surfaced of her denouncing gays during a church service. She can be seen saying:
"I came to tell you about sin. That perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women."
On December 30, she took to Facebook Live to clarify her comments, but did not apologize, instead saying:
"There are a lot of people that I'm aware of that struggle or deal [with] or have that spirit. Have I discriminated against them? Have I ever outright told them that I don't love you and you going to hell? Who gives me the right to say that I'm telling someone that I'm going to hell? I don't give that call."
Still, she reiterated that homosexuality is a "sin … against the nature of God."
Since then, Burrell's recent collaborators Pharrell (who she was set to perform music from Hidden Figures with on Ellen) and Janelle Monae (who appears in the aforementioned film) have subliminally denounced Burrell's words.
Pharrell took to Instagram to "condemn hate speech."
Monae reposted Pharrell's message with added words of her own, adding:
"I will rejoice when folks stop thinking they ARE GOD, Jesus' assistant, picking and choosing what 'sins' are acceptable in the Bible, and using the Bible as a whip! WE can't afford anymore tearing down of our shared humanity. My advice: If your religion is causing you to spew out words of hate, judge, or look down on others because of who one loves then you need to change it."
I shouldn't even have to post this as you guys should already know where I stand but If you do not pls know I unequivocally repudiate ANY AND ALL hateful comments against the LGBTQ community. Actually I'm tired of that label. We all belong to the same community, a shared community called humanity. And today and tomorrow and the next day I will continue to stand with other like minded people who condemn any and all statements and actions that would seek to deny the basic humanity of our fellow brothers and sisters. We cannot sit Idly by nor will we speak silently when we are confronted with such violence against members of our community. I am personally beyond exhausted by the ignorance and bigotry living in some people. At times I want to punch and I want to slap a lot of people when I read and hear the shit that comes out their mouthes !!! I will rejoice when folks stop thinking they ARE GOD, Jesus' assistant, picking and choosing what "sins" are acceptable in the Bible, and using the Bible as a whip! WE can't afford anymore tearing down of our shared humanity. My advice: If your religion is causing you to spew out words of hate, judge, or look down on others because of who one loves then you need to change it. And fast. If the religion don't make you are more loving or better person, ditch it. But what do I know. My hope is that we ALL go into this new year considering for one moment that we don't have all the answers. My hope is that we become more understanding, less judgmental, more tolerate, and more patient with one another. Including me. HAPPY NEW YEAR. 🙏🏿❤
TMZ has since caught up with Monae who suggested Burrell had been dropped from the performance on Ellen, the popular daytime talk show hosted by the openly gay Degeneres. Monae told the paparazzi:
"I don't think she's performing. She's not. She's not performing."
Burrell also appeared on the recently-released Blonde from Frank Ocean, another entertainer who has openly come out as gay. He has yet to respond, but activist Deray McKesson took to Twitter to express his hope that gay people refuse to work with Burrell from here on out.
.@KimBurrellLove, I hope that every gay person whose services you have used in your career refuses to work w/ you now. Your career will end.— deray mckesson (@deray) December 31, 2016