Pharrell, Janelle Monae and Questlove Respond to Kim Burrell's LGBTQ Comments

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Pharrell, Janelle Monae and Questlove Respond to Kim Burrell's LGBTQ Comments

Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams and Octavia Spencer also weigh in.

Published January 2, 2017

Grammy-nominated gospel singer Kim Burrell is still entangled in backlash after airing a Facebook Live video of her sentiments about the LGBT community during a sermon.

But despite her semi-apology for the statements, some of her fellow Hollywood counterparts are chiming in on Burrell’s contestable remarks as well.

First came Chaka Khan, who blatantly called the sermon out for promoting hate and judgment. “It never fails that ministries promoting judgment and hate have nothing to do with the divine,” the songstress exclaimed on Twitter. “Love is for everyone!”  

Shortly after, Questlove not only addressed his face-palming disappointment with Burrell, but the entire Christian community’s judgment on social issues.

“I want Christians to focus on actually being Christ-like & compassionate to their fellow man,” he said before beginning a series of tweets. “I've seen more sermonizing, coldness, hypocrisy, and utter disdain from the Christian community on every issue (justice/women's issue/lgbtq). No one likes Nagging Hall Monitor. I want to see less ‘God's Teacher's Pet’ and less ‘SMH’ from Christians. And more compassion. That's fair, no?”

He added that the 2016 political election also emboldened such judgmental views and called out the “high-horseness of it all.”

But it was Pharrell, who is slated for an appearance alongside Burrell during the Ellen show on Thursday (Dec. 5), who most had expected to hear from. And after his Twitter post that denounced Burrell’s choice of rhetoric, that expectation was satisfied.

“I condemn hate speech of any kind,” he proclaimed. “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.”

It’s worth mentioning that besides Pharrell and Burrell being guests on Ellen DeGeneres’s popular television show, Ellen has been actively involved as a member of the LGBTQ community as well as happily married for eight years to her wife, Portia di Rossi.

Sharply following up his commentary, Janelle Monae reposted Pharrell’s thoughts with a lengthy caption of her own. The R&B songstress has also been actively supportive of the LGBTQ community, and shared a rather impassioned reaction to Burrell’s sermon.

“At times I want to punch and I want to slap a lot of people when I read and hear the sh** that comes out their mouths!” she wrote in the caption. “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!”

Coming in third to Pharrell’s comments and swiftly after the Electric Lady’s was Octavia Spencer and Yolanda Adams, seconding their opinions on equality and God’s love for all. Janelle Monae and Spencer are also costars in the highly anticipated film Hidden Figures, which is soundtracked by Burrell’s “I See a Victory” single as well.

See the collective reactions on Burrell’s remarks below.

I shouldn't even have to post this as you guys should already know where I stand but If you do not pls know I unequivocally repudiate ANY AND ALL hateful comments against the LGBTQ community. Actually I'm tired of that label. We all belong to the same community, a shared community called humanity. And today and tomorrow and the next day I will continue to stand with other like minded people who condemn any and all statements and actions that would seek to deny the basic humanity of our fellow brothers and sisters. We cannot sit Idly by nor will we speak silently when we are confronted with such violence against members of our community. I am personally beyond exhausted by the ignorance and bigotry living in some people. At times I want to punch and I want to slap a lot of people when I read and hear the shit that comes out their mouthes !!! 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. My advice: If your religion is causing you to spew out words of hate, judge, or look down on others because of who one loves then you need to change it. And fast. If the religion don't make you are more loving or better person, ditch it. But what do I know. My hope is that we ALL go into this new year considering for one moment that we don't have all the answers. My hope is that we become more understanding, less judgmental, more tolerate, and more patient with one another. Including me. HAPPY NEW YEAR. 🙏🏿❤

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Written by Diamond Alexis

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