Friday, January 20, 2017
Christian beliefs penalized once again
Grammy-nominated gospel singer Kim Burrell has had a scheduled appearance on Ellen cancelled, after a video showing her delivering a homophobic sermon at her local church went viral.
The gospel singer was due to perform her single I See A Victory – a song off the soundtrack to the new Golden Globe-nominated film Hidden Figures, recorded with Pharrell Williams – on the show today.
But, following days of public outrage at the singer's comments, including a Change.org petition condemning the upcoming performance, host Ellen DeGeneres vetoed the gig with a simple tweet to her 64 million followers.
"For those asking, Kim Burrell will not be appearing on my show," she wrote.
Burrell, 44 - a respected figure in the gospel music world, who had previously worked with the likes of Harry Connick Jr and Frank Ocean, and was once listed as an inspiration by Beyonce - was filmed delivering an angry sermon at Houston's Liberty Fellowship Church in a clip uploaded to Facebook last week, where she described homosexuality as a sin.
"I came to tell you about sin. That perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion. It has deceived many men and women, and it's caused us pain on the body of Christ," she feverishly told her congregation.
"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," she screamed from her pulpit.
After the clip went viral, Burrell stopped short of apologising for the comments in a Facebook video last Friday.