Gospel singer and preacher Kim Burrell continues to stand firm as criticism mounts from the entertainment industry after video footage surfaced in which she gives a “homophobic” sermon. The singer, whose vocals are on Frank Ocean’s song Godspeed, is shown in a sermon that refers to “the perverted homosexual spirit”.
“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,” Burrell, a pastor at Love and Liberty Fellowship Church in Houston, Texas, said in the video which surfaced online on last week. It is unclear when the footage was filmed.
The singer, who was due to sing with Pharrell Williams and Janelle Monáe on the Ellen DeGeneres Show this week, was dropped from the show with Pharrell eventually appearing solo. Williams and Burrell had been due to sing their track ‘I See Victory’ from the soundtrack of the film Hidden Figures.
“For those asking, Kim Burrell will not be appearing on my show,” read a tweet from the presenter on Tuesday. DeGeneres had been asked by fans to cancel gospel singer Burrell’s planned appearance and an online petition was launched.
Pharrell, meanwhile, posted on Twitter: “I condemn hate speech of any kind”, although he did not refer to Burrell. Monáe reposted his message, also stating: “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.”
Burrell, who has collaborated with artists such as Missy Elliott, R Kelly, Stevie Wonder and George Clinton, has since responded to the leaked footage on a Facebook Live broadcast, claiming that the “enemy” had posted 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.
Standing tall and not allowing the storm of criticism whipped up by pro-gay people to affect her she made it clear that she is not apologising for her sermon where she referred to gays and lesbian sex as “perverted,” CBN News reported.
“I never said all gays were going to hell. I never said LGBT… I said ‘sin’,” she added, in the Facebook Live video. “I make no excuses or apologies. My love is as pure as it comes.”