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
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.
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.
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