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Kim Burrell arrives at 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 12, 2012. (JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Unwise words

Gospel singer Kim Burrell’s appearance on ‘Ellen’ canceled after homophobic remarks

January 3, 2017

Kim Burrell, a Gospel singer who has collaborated with the likes of Pharrell Williams and Frank Ocean, is facing heated backlash for making homophobic remarks during a sermon at a Texas church. She was scheduled to sing with Williams on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ this Thursday, but on Tuesday, DeGeneres herself tweeted that Burrell will not be making an appearance.

According to The Huffington Post, a YouTube video that was published on Friday shows Burrell delivering the sermon at the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church in Houston, where she is a pastor. In the clip, Burrell refers to specific homosexual acts as “perverted,” claims that gay and lesbian people have “embarrassed the Kingdom of God,” and implies that they will die in 2017.

Entertainers — some who are associated with Burrell, others who are not — were quick to decry her comments. Pharrell Williams, who collaborated with the pastor on the song “I See Victory,” wrote on Twitter, “I condemn hate speech of any kind. There is no room in this world for any kind of prejudice.”

“I See Victory” was featured on the soundtrack of the recent film Hidden Figures, which chronicles the largely unrecognized efforts of several African American women who helped put the first American astronaut into the Earth’s orbit. The movie’s stars also spoke out against Burrell. “I agree. We are all God’s children equal in his eyes,” Octavia Spencer wrote in response to Williams’ tweet. “Hatred isn’t the answer.”

“I unequivocally repudiate ANY AND ALL hateful comments against the LGBTQ community,” Janelle Monae wrote in an Instagram post. “Actually I’m tired of that label. We all belong to the same community, a shared community called humanity.”

In a Facebook Live broadcast, Burrell addressed the controversy but did not apologize for her words. “To every person who is dealing with the homosexual spirit, that has it, I love you and God loves you but God hates the sin in you and me,” she said, according to the BBC.

“I make no excuses or apologies. My love is as pure as it comes.”

Read the full story at the The Huffington Post.