16 Celebrities Who Have Made Horribly Homophobic Comments

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16 Celebrities Who Have Made Horribly Homophobic Comments

Kim Burrell, Eminem, Beanie Sigel and more.

Published January 5, 2017

Celebrity culture is often riddled with political correctness, but over the years, several famous faces have shown their true colors, specifically when it came to speaking on the LGBT community. From gospel singers Kim Burrell and Donnie McClurkin to rappers Eminem and Beanie Sigel, here are some celebrities who have made some disappointing comments about homosexuals and the LGBT community.

  1. Kim Burrell
    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16:  Kim Burrell Visits Music Choice at Music Choice on June 16, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)

    Gospel singer Kim Burrell recently came under fire when video footage leaked of her going off on a homophobic rant during a sermon she was delivering at her church. In it, she called homosexuality a "spirit of delusion and confusion" that "has deceived many men and women." After the video went viral, she received a ton of backlash and was even booted from appearing on the Ellen Degeneres Show by Ellen herself, an openly lesbian woman. She was scheduled to perform with Pharrell during the episode.

  2. Eddie Long
    LITHONIA, GA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Bishop Eddie Long gives a sermon where he addressed sex scandal allegations at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church September 26, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Bishop Eddie Long, the pastor of a Georgia megachurch was accused of luring young men into sexual relationships, has told his congregation of thousands that he denies all the allegations and that all people must face painful and distasteful situations.  (Photo by John Amis-Pool/Getty Images)
    (Photo: John Amis-Pool/Getty Images)

    Bishop Eddie Long's situation is a little different as, in addition to being initially known as a homophobe, he was later accused of partaking in sexual acts with other men who attended his ministry. In 2010, Bishop Long, who notoriously preached against homosexuality and often ministered "homosexual cures" to gays and lesbians during his services, was accused of coercing four young men into sex. One of the men claimed that Long took him on overnight trips where they shared a bedroom and kissed, masturbated and had "oral sexual contact."

  3. Tim Hardaway
    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 6:  Former NBA player Tim Hardaway attends The 24th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner benefiting The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis (national fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis) at The Waldorf-Astoria on October 6, 2009 in New York, New York. (Photo by Brian Bedder/Getty Images for The Miami Project)
    (Photo: Brian Bedder/Getty Images for The Miami Project)

    Retired NBA athlete Tim Hardaway made it clear that he was a proud and blatant homophobe in 2007 when he spoke in response to a question about the coming out of former NBA star John Amaechi. Hardaway said he would try to distance himself from a player who identified as homosexual, and when asked if he was aware that his comments were homophobic, he said, "Well, you know I hate gay people, so I let it be known. I don't like gay people and I don't like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don't like it. It shouldn't be in the world or in the United States."

  4. Isaiah Washington
    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 16:  Actor Isaiah Washington attends the premiere of Open Road's "Triple 9" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on February 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

    Isaiah Washington was once many people's favorite star on the hit ABC series Grey's Anatomy, but that was compromised in 2006 when he hurled a homophobic slur at his co-star T. R. Knight, who had not come out of the closet yet. Shortly after the situation went public, Knight revealed that he was gay. During a Golden Globes press conference soon after, Washington used the gay slur again, further upsetting many more who thought he was truly sorry for what occurred. After the situation was allegedly resolved, Washington issued a statement apologizing for his "unfortunate use of words during the recent incident on-set." The following year, ABC announced that it had decided not to renew Washington's contract and he was booted from the show.

  5. Donnie McClurkin
    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09:  Singer Donnie McClurken attends BET Celebration Of Gospel 2016 at Orpheum Theatre on January 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Earl Gibson/BET/Getty Images for BET)
    (Photo: Earl Gibson/BET/Getty Images for BET)

    Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin said in 2000 that God "delivered him" from "the curse" of homosexuality. Since then, he has been known for his negative feelings towards the LGBT community. In 2009, the minister allegedly went as far as calling gay people "vampires" in a YouTube video before saying, "I see feminine boys, everywhere I go... No, don't applaud, 'cause it ain't funny. It's because we failed." In 2015, he came under fire for speaking out against the U.S. Supreme Court ruling which made same-sex marriage legal across the country. "We've just received the answer from man's Supreme Court... We already received the answer from GOD," he wrote. "With NO REGARD to what the Supreme Court of MAN decrees... no matter what MY past was or feelings & struggles... GOD has set the only standard for marriage to be between man and woman."

  6. Lord Jamar
    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29:  Lord Jamar attends WE tv's Growing Up Hip Hop Season 2 Premiere Screening And After Party on September 29, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for WE tv)
    (Photo: Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for WE tv)

    A rapper and member of the hip hop group Brand Nubian, Lord Jamar released a diss song titled "Lift Up Your Skirt" in 2013 targeted toward Kanye West. In it, he somehow managed to reveal his opinion on homosexuality, saying, "gay has no place in hip hop." After receiving some backlash, he tweeted, "I went to a GAY WEDDING of a good friend not too long ago so I doubt I'm homophobic."

  7. Eminem
    NEW YORK, NY - JULY 20:  Eminem attends the "Southpaw" New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on July 20, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Donna Ward/Getty Images)

    Rapper Eminem is known for using homophobic terms in his lyrics, and when an Australian politician tried to ban him from the country for this, the MC said that, growing up, words like "f****t" and "queer" were casually used to describe homosexuals. In 2010, Anderson Cooper confronted Eminem about the harsh terms and asked if he didn't like gay people. "No, I don't have any problem with nobody," he responded. "You know what I mean? I'm just like whatever."

  8. Mike Epps
    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 21:  Host Mike Epps attends the 2016 ABFF Awards: A Celebration Of Hollywood at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 21, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for BET)
    (Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for BET)

    Mike Epps came under fire in 2008 when he reportedly called a cameraman a "f*g," leading many to assume that he was homophobic. The actor/comedian later spoke out in response to that incident, saying, "I don't know where that came from. Nothing towards the community — none of that. I might've just said it out of anger. It ain't nothing personal [sic] against the community."

  9. Erick Sermon
    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28:  Erick Sermon attends 14th Annual East Side House Settlement Gala Preview at the 2013 New York International Auto Showon March 28, 2013 in New York, United States.  (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

    Rapper Erick Sermon, in 2012, sounded off on homophobia in hip hop and revealed that he considers it to be "a curse." "When you talk about sports players, too, like we don't know if that's ever gonna happen, 'cause that's like a curse to be in the sports and be gay and be in hip hop and be gay," he said during an interview with VladTV. "You can't be on a basketball team, football team and be a homo, and be rapping... and be homo. N****s will kill you."

  10. Bow Wow
    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22:  Actor Shad Moss attends the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

    Bow Wow upset a lot of his fans in 2009 when he spoke about refusing to let a barber cut his hair because he was gay. When he was slammed for the ridiculous reasoning, he tried to clear the air, only making things worse in the process. "I wanted my haircut and I asked somebody from the label to get me a barber and the dude was, you know. You know... and as a man, I'm a man. You feel me? I'm a man. Like, I'm a man, so it's kinda like... I love women to death... I don't dislike gay people... I just don't want no other man touching me."

  11. La'Porsha Renae
    BURBANK, CA - APRIL 20:  Singer La'Porsha Renae attends What's Trending's Fourth Annual Tubeathon Benefitting American Red Cross at iHeartRadio Theater on April 20, 2016 in Burbank, California.  (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
    (Photo: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

    American Idol season 15 runner-up La'Porsha Renae came under fire in 2016 after she said she didn't "agree" with the "LGBT lifestyle" while sharing her opinion on Mississippi's anti-LGBT bill. "I am one of the people who don't really agree with that lifestyle," she said. "I wasn't brought up that way. It wasn't how I was raised." She later apologized, saying she "didn't mean to hurt anyone" and was "just trying to honestly answer a question that caught me off guard."

  12. Blake Shelton
    DENVER, CO - JULY 28:  Recording artist Blake Shelton stopped by Grizzly Rose to enjoy some delicious Smithworks cocktails on July 28, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Jason Bahr/Getty Images for Pernod Ricard)
    (Photo: Jason Bahr/Getty Images for Pernod Ricard)

    Many have grown to consider country singer Blake Shelton the fun-loving judge on The Voice, but thanks to social media, some details from the singer's past have come back to haunt him, revealing that he may be a homophobe. Twitter account @MusicFactsTea dug up some old homophobic tweets from Shelton dating back to 2010. "Grown men who wear Chuck Taylor's may as well write on their fore head 'Cucumbers turn me on!!!'" he allegedly wrote in one tweet, while, in another, he wrote, "Standing in line at a coffee shop in LA talking with the main in front of me. He orders a skinny caramel latte. I couldn't tell he was gay!!!" In 2016, he addressed the tweets, apologizing for his brand of "comedy."

  13. Azealia Banks
    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Singer Azealia Banks attends the Nasty Gal Melrose Store Launch on November 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Nasty Gal)
    (Photo: John Sciulli/Getty Images for Nasty Gal)

    Azealia Banks, who once considered herself bisexual, went on a homophobic tirade in 2015 against gay blogger Perez Hilton, where she used a gay slur that upset many of her fans. "Do you guys think I'm a petty f****t LMFAO," she tweeted. When called out by Hilton for the hurtful words, she only dug a deeper grave, saying, "A f****t is not a homosexual male. A f****t is any male who acts like a female. There's a BIG difference." When one fan called her out for being homophobic, she offensively responded, "...and even if I am a homophobe... So wat? I still make more $ than you... still have an extra hole... and still own everything."

  14. Buju Banton
    NEW YORK - AUGUST 30 Recording artisit Buju Banton arrives at the 2006 BMI Urban Music Awards at Roseland Ballroom on August 30, 2006 in New York. (Photo by William D. Bird/Getty Images)
    (Photo: William D. Bird/Getty Images)

    Jamaican artist Buju Banton has expressed an anti-gay stance in his music since the '90s. In 1992, his hit "Boom Bye Bye," which he wrote when he was 15, was known for its anti-gay lyrics which supported the murder of gay men. Many thought he had turned a new leaf in 2007 when it was rumored that he and a number of other reggae artists signed a pledge, the Reggae Compassionate Act, created by the Stop Murder Music campaign, which aimed to stop the performance of homophobic songs and statements. He, however, later denied being a part of that.

  15. Beenie Man
    NEW YORK - DECEMBER 16:  Beenie Man attends the Alicia Keys' "The Element of Freedom" album release party at Greenhouse on December 16, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Jerritt Clark/Getty Images)

    Another popular reggae artist and Jamaica native, Beenie Man, is known for his homophobic musical content. In 2004, he was even removed from the MTV Video Music Awards after protests by gay-rights activsts. Like Buju Banton, he was also rumored to have signed the Reggae Compassionate Act, but later denied that he was ever a part of it. Since then, he continued to include homophobic lyrics in his music, resulting in several of his shows around the world being canceled. In 2012, he apologized for the offensive content, saying, "I have nothing against no one. I respect each and every human being, regardless of which race or creed, regardless of which religious belief you believe in, and regardless of which sexual preference you are, including gays and lesbian people."

  16. Beanie Sigel
    (Photo: Scott Gries/Getty Images)

    Beanie Sigel showed his true colors during an interview on The Breakfast Club in 2016 when he spoke about his disgust for homosexuality on National Coming Out Day. "Things are going too far," he said. "Even in the media and television, this homosexuality s**t is at an all-time high... and it's sickening to me. I shouldn't have to explain to my son why two men is [sic] on primetime television kissing. Nothing positive or good comes out of that." Needless to say, he was dragged, later on, for his words on social media.

Written by Moriba Cummings

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