Gospel singer Kim Burrell was caught making a viciously anti-gay sermon, then ballsily denied she was saying anything hateful. Bitch even went on to attack her own fans for not supporting her enough to lead to any Grammy Awards (!).
The sermon hit the mainstream at the exact wrong time, just as she was about to have a big break with her song “I See the Victory,” which appears in the film Hidden Figures and was produced by Pharrell Williams.
Now, some of the film's other participants — including Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe and Williams (but not Taraji P. Henson just yet) — are speaking out against the spirit of Burrell's comments, and for LGBTQ equality.
Monae wrote on Instagram:
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. 🙏🏿❤
Very satisfying that they're choosing to make a stand rather than defending a co-worker.
Ellen DeGeneres, the ball is in your court — Burrell is schedule to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week.