Gospel singer Kim Burrell faces more backlash for homophobic sermon

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 09: (L-R) Kim Burrell and Pharrell Williams perform onstage during the Citi Concert Series on TODAY at Rockefeller Center on December 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for CITI)

Not only will viewers not be watching gospel singer Kim Burrell on the Ellen DeGeneres show Thursday, they also won’t be listening to Burrell on the radio.

Texas Southern University pulled the plug on “Bridging the Gap,” Burrell’s radio show which had its debut on KTSU in June.

“The Kim Burrell show is no longer airing as part of KTSU Radio programming,” said TSU in a statement reported by the Associated Press.

Just before Burrell was scheduled to perform a duet with Pharrell Williams on the Ellen DeGeneres show, a video began circulating online of the singer preaching at Love & Liberty Fellowship Church, the church she founded in Houston.

In the video, Burrell made references to “the perverted homosexual spirit,” and referred to sexual acts between people of the same gender as perverted.

By Tuesday, DeGeneres had cancelled Burrell’s appearance on the show. Burrell performs a song on the soundtrack for “Hidden Figures,” the much talked about movie which depicts the true story of three black women who worked at NASA and helped launch John Glenn into space. Williams wrote the song on which Burrell is featured.

The two had previously performed the song “I See a Victory” in December on the “Today” Show and “The Tonight Show.”

“Hidden Figures” is expected to perform well over the weekend despite the Burrell controversy, possibly finishing second only to “Rogue One,”  in box office returns, but Williams and film co-stars Octavia Spencer and Atlanta-based Janelle Monae shared their distaste for Burrell’s views on social media.

As if all of this isn’t enough, at least one person is hoping for Burrell’s voice to be erased.

Katonya Breaux, mother of Frank Ocean — a singer and rapper who has in the past acknowledged his attraction to men — asked on Twitter if her son could just “crop Kim Burrells voice out of your song?”

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Michael Gilmore
Michael Gilmore

They May as Well Hate the Book ....Not the Messenger

Marsha Taylor
Marsha Taylor

What's wrong with her voicing her opinion or beliefs. What's the big deal?

Yvonne Davis
Yvonne Davis

People hate the truth please read your bibles it tell the truth she didn't do anything that wasn't true why get mad or hate what someone says it's been said before haters don't change

Joel Mark Bleick
Joel Mark Bleick

Don't think it was a homophobic sermon. I don't feel she had a fear of homosexuals.

Levi Eaves
Levi Eaves

What is the problem. She preached a sermon at church from scripture out of the Bible. Come on people. Why get so offended if you don't believe in the Bible anyway. Why does everyone care What someone thinks when you don't even know them

Frank Black
Frank Black

F*** you all and your fairy tale Jesus.

Tina Johnson
Tina Johnson

Truthophobics =LGBT ( fear of the truth). God bless you anyway:-). Let's be real though. Stop condoning perversion or abominable acts like lesbiamism and homosexuality. Im more real, for example if I was a theif, id be like I'm wrong and I know it and the word of God or bible says stealing is wrong but Im ok with it (IF this was the case) . So some ppl hate the truth and anyone that doesnt condone and tolerate bullcrap. (btw: the bible or word of God hates many other perverse sexual relations like bestiality, but if that becomes a trend or more common For example , and Christians or those who know thats sick and wrong spoke against that, will you call us beastophobes because we support God's word again that? Anywho. Hugs & God bless.

JayHone
JayHone

Why can't we all just get along?

LindyLu
LindyLu

As usual, the word "homophobic" is misused - and intentionally so, for sensationalism.  "Phobic" means an irrational FEAR of something.  Very few people are truly homophobic in the literal sense.  This woman expressed an opinion about homosexuality in a church setting.  It is an unpopular opinion, however, many people share this belief and it doesn't make them "homoPHOBIC."  It is simply their own interpretation of what the Bible says is right and wrong. From the reports, Burrell was commenting on actions she believes are perverted, but she didn't comment on gay people themselves - there is a big difference.  If we want to start accusing everyone we disagree with of having phobias, we might start using the word "Christianophobe" to describe those who castigate people for their sincerely held beliefs.

Spinoza
Spinoza

@LindyLu What whining piffle.  Groundless beliefs deserve no respect regardless of how sincerely held they may be.  I am sure members of the KKK often really believe their nonsense.

Bigotry is bigotry regardless of whether the motivation is from some ancient religious code.  The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche got a lot wrong but he was certainly right when he said, "Christians spend too much time judging."

David Dave Williams
David Dave Williams

There is nothing homophobic about believing the word of God and having the guts to stand for your Christian Values! Go Kim Burrell! You are awesome!

Sam Coley
Sam Coley

Apparently tolerance goes one way...

Bertha Ducote'
Bertha Ducote'

I'm amazed. America just elected a man for President that has spoken negatively about everybody. But pastor Burrell spoke her truth from a biblical stand point and people are all up in arms about what she has said. While I dont agree with what she has said, she has that right to speak her mind. .

DanoBiker
DanoBiker

Just more AJC left leaning sensationalism.  Hey AJC, we prefer the news not this bathroom chatter.  Anybody there report factual news anymore?  I see most of your factual stuff doesn't originate with your staff members.

Spinoza
Spinoza

@DanoBiker More typical BS from the right. All you seem to be capable of is personal attack and insult.

Tia Cruz
Tia Cruz

I dare Kim Burrell to speak against homosexuality, I dare her say it is wrong,I dare her,She can preach about everything else in the bible that is wrong and goes against God,but I dare she speaks on homosexuality. I dare anyone not to accept homosexuality you will be charged with a hate crime,You will called everything but a child of God,everything from being hateful ,to being homophobic ..Preach about everything in the bible except homosexuality. #TEAMKIMBURRELL

Jaybird7
Jaybird7

Just more censorship by the Gaystapo

Spinoza
Spinoza

@Jaybird7 Typical brain dead comment from the right.  Can't argue and don't give a hoot about reasoning.

Gladys Morgan
Gladys Morgan

I know we"re all entitled to have our own beliefs,but she could've kept that to herself.It hurt all lot of people.

Sybil Washington
Sybil Washington

Erase it and move on, she already paid and her fans aren't ALL homosexual so she will live to see another day AND sell another album. #DANG

thughes512
thughes512

Answer: When gays gained the right not to be dehumanized.

Spinoza
Spinoza

When Trump takes office.

Darrell Stephens
Darrell Stephens

As well she should the time has come for Black pastor to pay for their homophobic opinions.

Spinoza
Spinoza

Mostly the ones about not judging others.

Rebecca Pratt
Rebecca Pratt

She believes, as I, and many people do what the bible teaches about homosexuality. So now, she is homophobic??? She may be facing backlash, but she has enormous support as well.

Velma Summerford
Velma Summerford

If the singer is a true born again Christian she has no business going to sing when its a fact that Ellen is gay. Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers, What can you possibly have in common to have a conversation wither her? You speak in passing. What ever buy don't sit in the sit of the scornfully nor walk with the ungodly.

Gigi Mathew
Gigi Mathew

If Kim Durrell does not like homosexuals then why she even go on Ellen's show?

Glen Sperling
Glen Sperling

I support Kim Murrell 10000%. Homosexuality is an abomination to God. Homosexuals need to be prayed for and delivered. The Ellen show shouldn't even be on the air. She has followers that idolize her and her lifestyle which is wrong.

sciblue
sciblue

Religion and "God" are an abomination to logical, informed, and intelligent people everywhere. 

Jacquelyn Johnson
Jacquelyn Johnson

These celebrities will have to stand before a just God just like non-celebrities and common folk like me and give account of ourselves. NOW is the time to get prepared and stay prepared is my message to those like Ellen. The Ellen Show is a non issue indeed.

BDCoole
BDCoole

Free speech is dead. I disagree with her, but I will not condem her. Ellen missed a great opportunity to show that people can still love and tolerate those who they disagree with, even if they don't tolerate others.

quickdigits
quickdigits

She tells the truth and suddenly, her entire career is toast! When the Hell will these liberals wake up and realize that homosexuality is Not normal. It is Not what God intended for humanity.

sciblue
sciblue

@quickdigits When the hell will you bible thumpers wake up and realize that you are far too old to have imaginary friends? Also, homosexuality is, in fact, quite common and normal within the animal kingdom, humans included. 

Sheryl Kiskadden
Sheryl Kiskadden

Why is it you are labeled homophobic for fearing God? How can that be in a world where "anything goes?" Hypocritical isn't it?

Jeff Todd
Jeff Todd

Don't suffer these fools. They point fingers and judge when their own houses are falling down in chaos.

Nicole Sutton Bentley
Nicole Sutton Bentley

I can solve this real quick.. if you don't like what she speaks or don't share her beliefs, don't listen to her sermons. The end

Sharon Jeffery
Sharon Jeffery

I am so disgusted by this witch hunt! ENOUGH PEOPLE! She made a mistake. Get over it.

Beverly Tyler Brown
Beverly Tyler Brown

I'm sure her deeply held convictions will be a great comfort to her.

Sharon Gail
Sharon Gail

I am sorry but what she said is not homophobic. She believes it is a sin as do most Christians. She doesn't say she hates them but that she hates the sin.

Blair Hughes
Blair Hughes

I would rather spend eternity in heaven for believing and speaking the truth, than to be loved on earth for acting as if the bible doesn't exist.

sciblue
sciblue

The bible does exist. It's "god" that does not.