Pharrell and Janelle Monaé Are Not Here For Kim Burrell's Bigotry
[UPDATE: Ellen DeGeneres has confirmed that Burrell will no longer appear on her show to perform alongside her collaborators.]
Any reverence you may have held for Kim Burrell in 2016 is about to got the way of the dinosaurs. The gospel star landed a noteworthy collaboration on Pharrell‘s Hidden Figures soundtrack, recently performing it live with the perennial hit-maker on The Tonight Show. However, after a recent sermon of Burrell’s went viral for its abhorrent hate speech towards the LGBTQ community, Pharrell and Hidden Figures star, Janelle Monaé, have begun to distance themselves from the gospel star.
Pharrell posted a note to his Instagram stating “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.” Monaé reposted P’s note, adding a heartfelt plea for compassion while taking aim at those that contort their religion’s teachings into a base for anything but love and understanding for their fellow human. Monaé writes: “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.”
Below you’ll find the full video of Kim Burrell’s horrifying sermon.