On Dec. 30th, video surfaced of gospel singer Kim Burrell giving a hateful, anti-LGBT sermon. In the Facebook Live footage, Burrell said, “I came to tell you about sin. That sin nature … That perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women … 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.”
As was to be expected, people were outraged by Burrell’s statements and brought the hate speech to Pharrell Williams‘s attention. Burrell is featured on Pharrell’s Hidden Figures song I See Victory. The pair are set to perform the song on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Jan. 5th.
Pharrell released the following statement after learning of Burrell’s sermon:
Mega-producer Pharrell wasn’t the only celebrity to address Burrell’s statements. In a message shared on Instagram, Yolanda Adams condemned the sermon while defending her friend Bishop Eddie Long, who Burrell targeted in her attack. “As a Person who has Gay Relatives and Friends, I had to put these Words in the Atmosphere to combat the unwarranted and unproven attack on My Friend #BishopLong,” wrote Adams on Instagram. “Hateful Words are never profitable to the Cause of Christ in the World. Jesus said ‘They will know you by your Love.’ LOVE YALL.”
Chaka Khan took to Twitter to voice her frustration with ministries that promote hate and judgement over love and acceptance.
It NEVER fails that ministries promoting judgment & hate have NOTHING 2 do with the divine. LOVE is 4 EVERYONE! #SelectiveMorality
— Chaka Khan (@ChakaKhan) December 31, 2016
Questlove, in response to Burrell, called out Christians for being hypocritically unchristlike in a Twitter rant. Read his tweets on the next page …