Pharrell Williams and Janelle Monáe, who worked with Kim Burrell on the Hidden Figures original soundtrack, have taken to social media to speak out against the singer’s anti-gay remarks.
Kim came under fire for remarks she made where she told gays to “beg God for freedom” and added that homosexuality is a “perverted” spirit and a “spirit of delusion and confusion that has deceived many men and women.”
After receiving an overwhelming amount of backlash (and some support), Kim took to Facebook Live and said she won’t make any excuses or apologies for her words nor does she plan to take her words back.
On New Year’s Eve, Pharrell dropped a tweet where he said he “condemns hate speech of any kind.”
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) December 31, 2016
Janelle Monáe had a little bit more to say about the topic where she specifically noted, “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!”
Read her full post below.
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. ??❤
In case you missed it, see both videos of Kim Burrell referenced in this post here.