Grammy nominated singer Kim Burrell booted from 'Ellen' after anti-gay sermon surfaces

Grammy-nominated gospel singer Kim Burrell's scheduled appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" was canceled Tuesday after a video of her delivering a sermon in which she called gays and lesbians "perverted" went viral.

As rumors swirled earlier in the day, Ellen DeGeneres took to Twitter to clarify: "For those asking, Kim Burrell will not be appearing on my show."

"That perverted homosexual spirit is a spirit of delusion and confusion and has deceived many men and women, and it's caused a strain on the body of Christ," Burrell, a pastor at Love and Liberty Fellowship Church, in Houston, Texas, said in the sermon, which surfaced on YouTube Friday. "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."

Burrell had been scheduled to sing a duet on "Ellen" with rapper and record producer Pharrell Williams, with whom she recorded a song for the soundtrack of "Hidden Figures" — the new movie about a black woman's role in the early days of the U.S. space program.

Williams on Saturday issued a condemnation of hate speech but did not specifically name Burrell.

"I condemn hate speech of any kind," he said in a statement posted to Instagram. "There is no room in this world for any kind of prejudice."

Burrell took to Facebook Live to defend herself Saturday and said that while she offered "no excuses or apologies," she did not intend to target anyone individually, also taking issue with the posted excerpt of her sermon.

"What was posted was not all I preached, too, but only that, isn't that something? That is designed of the to make it look like I have a personal agenda against people," She said. "Its a heartbreak, but it's the world we live in."

 

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. In addition, I feel 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. 🙏🏿❤

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Other celebrities joined in censuring the sermon. "Hidden Figures" star Janelle Monáe issued a lengthy statement on Instagram.

"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," the singer wrote.

Octavia Spencer, another "Hidden Figures" star, tweeted that "hatred isn't the answer."

For her part, Burrell maintained in a second Facebook Live broadcast that she was not targeting gay and lesbian individuals.

"Have i ever discriminated against them? Have I ever outright told them 'I don't love you and you going to hell?' Why would I?" she asked. "Who gives me the right to say that I'm telling someone that they're going to hell? I don't get that call?" 


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