Over the holiday break, gospel singer Kim Burrell’s sermon calling homosexuality “perverted” went viral, reigniting the conversation about Christianity and the LGBTQ community.
During a service at the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church in Houston, Texas, Burrell preached against what she called “the perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women.”
Burrell’s words upset many in the LGBTQ community and their allies, including many of the gospel star’s collaborators. Burrell has a song with Pharrell Williams on the Hidden Figures soundtrack, but after her sermon hit the web, Williams issued a statement condemning “hate speech.”
Hidden Figures star Janelle Monae also took to Instagram to disavow Burrell’s comments.
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.
Burrell was scheduled to appear with Pharrell on Ellen’s popular talk show later this week to promote Hidden Figures, but given her anti-gay comments, she won’t be on the show.
For those asking, Kim Burrell will not be appearing on my show.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 3, 2017
After coming under fire for her words, Burrell took to Facebook (in a now deleted video) to explain that she doesn’t hate LGBTQ people.
“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.”