Three years ago, gospel star Kim Burrell received a backlash after launching a homophobic rant at the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church in Houston, Texas, during which she called LGBTQ people “the evil gay spirit”.
The comments resulted in Burrell being excluded from a scheduled performance with Pharrell on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, for a song from the movie Hidden numbers. His appearance was cancelled. Comments would cause Pharrell speak upcondemning “hate speech of any kind”.
See Burrell’s rant below (CONTENT WARNING: Graphic language and hate speech):
Burrell has never publicly apologized for her hateful sermon, claiming his words had been twisted by his “enemies”.
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“To anyone who deals with the homosexual spirit, who has it, I love you because God loves you, but God hates the sin in you and me, anything that is against the nature of God”, she said in response to the backlash, adding, “I don’t apologize or apologize. My love is as pure as it comes.”
She later backtracked on her comments, saying she “never said all gay people go to hell.”
“I never said ‘LGBT’,” she explained. “I said ‘PEC’.”
Now singer-actress Kierra Sheard reflects on the gospel star’s fall from grace and hopes people can forgive him. While promoting his latest album KIERRA and his life Clark Sisters biopic, Sheard explained why Burrell deserves forgiveness.
“The gay community is also looking for a path to equality, and equality has to do with love and forgiveness. For us to move forward, we need to learn a new way to communicate,” Sheard said. in Hollywood Unlocked. Jason Lee. “I think [the LGBT community] should forgive him. Look around her; [they] supporting her with the hair, makeup, wardrobe… so there must be some kind of love she has for them.