Ellen has confirmed that Kim Burrell will not be appearing on her show later this week.


This Friday, the film “Hidden Figures” releases in theaters nationwide, but what should be a celebratory week has gotten very controversial for soundtrack producer Pharrell Williams and star Janelle Monae. The whole controversy centers around Kim Burrell, a legendary gospel star who Pharrell tapped for the movie soundtrack’s lead single “I See A Victory,” and an ill-fated, gay-bashing sermon Burrell gave last week.

In a segment of the sermon that was videotaped and uploaded on December 30, Kim Burrell touches upon homosexuality. She says, “The perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, and it has deceived many men and women.” After the video went viral, Kim Burrell received criticism from many, many people and defended herself on a Facebook Live video and gave an odd, half-apology to the LGBT community.

Since the incident, Pharrell and Janelle Monae both (indirectly) decried Burrell’s sermon and video in Instagram posts (see below). The venerated gospel singer had already performed “I See A Victory” on one late night talk show and was slated to perform the song on "Ellen" this Thursday, January 5. However, Monae suggested that Burrell was removed from the performance in a TMZ interview this morning, saying, “I don’t think she’s performing,” and then stating she will not stand for hate speech of any kind.

Do you think Ellen did the right thing by taking Kim Burrell off the performance?

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. Actually I'm tired of that label. 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. 🙏🏿❤

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