By Robyn Collins
In the video, Burrell, a pastor at Love and Liberty Fellowship Church in Houston said, “That perverted homosexual spirit is a spirit of delusion and confusion and has deceived many men and women, and it has caused a strain on the body of Christ.”
It is not clear when the video was filmed, according to The Guardian. But it has left some celebrities and even parents of celebrities disgusted and dismayed.
Frank Ocean’s song, “Godspeed,” from his record Blonde, features vocals by the gospel artist, and on Twitter his mom urged her son to remove Burrell’s recording from the track.
The singer, who was scheduled to perform with Pharrell Williams and Janelle Monáe on the Ellen DeGeneres Show this week, was dropped after the video surfaced.
“For those asking, Kim Burrell will not be appearing on my show,” the talk show host posted on Tuesday.
Pharell Williams didn’t call anyone out, but he also posted: “I condemn hate speech of any kind.”
Monáe reposted Pharell’s words including a message of her own:
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. 🙏🏿❤
Burrell, who has previously collaborated with Missy Elliott, R Kelly, Stevie Wonder and George Clinton, has responded to the leaked footage on a Facebook Live broadcast, stating that it was only a select extract of the original speech. “I love you and God loves you but God hates the sin in you and me,” she said.
“I never said all gays were going to hell. I never said LGBT … I said ‘sin’,” she went on. “I make no excuses or apologies. My love is as pure as it comes.”
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