Ellen DeGeneres, an outspoken lesbian who married longtime girlfriend Portia de Rossi in 2008, has disinvited popular gospel singer Kim Burrell from her television show after Burrell preached a sermon about the sin of homosexuality.
“For those asking, Kim Burrell will not be appearing on my show,” DeGeneres tweeted on Tuesday.
For those asking, Kim Burrell will not be appearing on my show.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 3, 2017
In addition to hosting her TV show, DeGeneres is also a top spokeswoman for Cover Girl cosmetics.
Burrell had been slated to sing “I See A Victory” from the “Hidden Figures” film soundtrack with Pharrell Williams on “Ellen” this Thursday, but Deadline Hollywood reports Williams will now perform the song on his own.
Burrell has come under fire for preaching about the sin of homosexuality at her Liberty Fellowship Church International in Houston.
“Anybody in this room who feels the homosexual spirit, beg God to free you,” Burrell said during her sermon.
“I came to tell you about sin. That sin nature. That perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women, and it’s caused a stain on the body of Christ,” she continued.
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Watch an excerpt of Burrell’s sermon:
Williams posted a note on Instagram: “I condemn hate speech of any kind. There is no room in this world for any kind of prejudice. My greatest hope is for inclusion and love for all humanity in 2017 and beyond.”
Deadline Hollywood also noted that two of the film’s stars, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, slammed Burrell’s message.
“I unequivocally repudiate ANY AND ALL hateful comments against the LGBTQ community,” said Monae, who also is set to appear on DeGeneres’ Thursday broadcast.
“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,” she said.
Burrell has since posted a video in response to all the controversy. In it, she states:
I never said LGBT last night, I said S-I-N … Now what was posted was not all that I preached, too. Only that. Isn’t that something? That is designed of the enemy to make it look like I have a personal agenda against people …
I have to do what God tells me to do … I’m not to be shaken cause I’m out here for God … to every person that is dealing with the homosexual spirit, that has it, I love you cause God loves you – but he hates the sin in you and me – anything that’s against the nature of God …
There are a lot of people that I’m aware of that struggle, or deal, or have that spirit. Have I discriminated against them? Have I ever outright told them ‘I don’t love you’ and ‘you going to hell’? Who gives me the right to say that I’m telling someone that they’re going to hell? I don’t get that call. There’s a responsibility in the church to represent the almighty God, and it is wrong for us to gather, that as we rep God, that we take his place. Don’t think that. I’m not that shallow.
I never said that all gays are going to hell … I was addressing church people, and let’s get even more specific – ones who were in my church. My church where I pastor … I never said God was killing a gay in 2017. I said people who operate with that spirit in the church, with deception, and attack themselves are going to have to face the master. That’s what I said – and that death is attached to their behavior.
Watch Burrell’s response to the controversy:
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