After being nixed from an appearance on Ellen earlier this week, gospel singer Kim Burrell has taken another hit after her sermon calling LGBTQ people “perverted” hit the web and reignited a fierce debate about sexuality and the church.
Burrell’s comments, which included statements like, “You as a man, you open your mouth and take a man’s penis in your face, you are perverted … You are a woman and will shake your face in another woman’s breast, you are perverted,” was roundly condemned by many, particularly the singer’s famous friends. Janelle Monae took to Instagram to issue a scathing rebuke.
“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,” Monae wrote. “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.”
After being the subject of a fierce debate, Burrell is taking another loss. Texas Southern University recently announced it was canceling the singer’s radio show, Bridging the Gap With Kim Burrell.
“The Kim Burrell show is no longer airing as part of KTSU Radio programming,” the university said in a statement.
After her comments went viral, Burrell took to Facebook to say she doesn’t hate anyone.
“To every person who is dealing with the homosexual spirit, that has it, I love you and God loves you but God hates the sin in you and me,” she said. “I make no excuses or apologies. My love is as pure as it comes.”