Gospel singer Kim Burrell has been fired from her radio show amid repercussion over homophobic remarks she made during a church sermon in Texas.
“Bridging the Gap” premiered on the Texas Southern University radio station KTSU last June. The Houston university declared the negation in a statement, saying, “The Kim Burrell show is no longer airing as part of KTSU Radio programming.” Per a description on the KTSU website, “Bridging the Gap,” featured a mix of music and talk, with Burrell discussing religion and welcoming a variety of musical guests.
in a widely circulated video of Burrell addressing a Houston church, the singer said, “The perverted homosexual spirit and the spirit of delusion and confusion … has deceived many men and women.” She later claimed that homosexuals would “die in 2017.”
Burrell guarded her comments on Facebook Live soon after, pointing fingers at her “enemies” for distributing only a part of her sermon and saying, “To every person that is dealing with the homosexual spirit that has it, I love you ’cause God loves you. But God hates the sin.”
While known in gospel circles, Burrell’s visibility has grown lately. She sang on “Godspeed” from Frank Ocean’s Blonde and joined Pharrell on “I See A Victory,” the lead single from the soundtrack to the new historical drama Hidden Figures. The two performed the song on The Tonight Show in December, and were suppose to do the same on Ellen Thursday. Host Ellen DeGeneres removed Burrell from the show after all the controversy.
Pharrell still showed up on Ellen and continued to space himself from Burrell’s words during an interview with DeGeneres.
“There’s no space, there’s no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017 and moving on,” he said. “[Burrell]’s a fantastic singer. I love her, just like I love everybody else, and we all got to get used to that – we all have to get used to everyone’s differences and understand that this is a big, gigantic, beautiful, colorful world, and it only works with inclusion and empathy.”
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