Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about Gospel singer Kim Burrell and her recent “sermon” on homosexuals. If you haven’t, here’s an excerpt:
Everybody in this room who’s filled with the homosexual spirit, pray to God to free you. You play with it! What does that mean? You’ll die from it. You’ll die! You play with it in God’s house in 2017, you’ll die from it.
You all came here to hear my cause? I came to tell you about sin…that perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion. It has deceived many many men and women. It has caused a strain on the body of Christ and the homosexual spirit…
You cannot get instruction from God’s holiness with that much perversion. 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!
This is a good time to also mention that Burrell was a major collaborator alongside Pharrell Williams for the soundtrack to Hidden Figures. Unsurprisingly, Pharrell distanced himself from Burrell’s comments, as did Hidden Figures actress (and equally-talented artist) Janelle Monáe. In addition, Burrell — who also recently saw her radio show cancelled — was removed from a now-recent episode of Ellen DeGeneres‘ highly-rated talk show, where she was to perform alongside Pharrell. Instead, Pharrell appeared solo to perform ‘Runnin’; as expected, he also spoke on Burrell’s comments:
There’s no space, there’s no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017 and moving on… [Burrell]’s a fantastic singer, I love her, just like I love everybody else, and we all got to get used to that – we all have to get used to everyone’s differences and understand that this is a big, gigantic, beautiful, colorful world, and it only works with inclusion and empathy.
Live and let live…Love and let love.