Ellen DeGeneres Axes Kim Burrell Performance Following Gospel Singer’s Viral Homophobic Sermon
And the church said “Amen!”
Following her homophobic rant during a sermon last week, Kim Burrell has been axed from an upcoming appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The gospel singer and pastor was slated to perform with Pharrell Williams on Thursday’s show (Jan 5.)
DeGeneres confirmed the news via Twitter.
Williams will now perform “I See a Victory” from the Hidden Figures soundtrack by himself.
Social media approved of DeGeneres’ decision.
Burrell faced heavy backlash last week after a sermon she gave went viral. She called gay and lesbian people “perverted” and suggested those with a “homosexual spirit” would die in 2017 because of their sins.
Meanwhile, she was promoting her appearance on Ellen, an openly gay woman who has dedicated the later part of her career fighting for equality.
Even Frank Ocean’s mother was done with Burrell. The gospel singer has worked with Ocean, who opened up about his own sexuality in 2012.
Before DeGeneres confirmed Burrell will not appear on her show, Hidden Figures star Janelle Monae broke the news to TMZ.
“I don’t think she’s performing. She’s not. She’s not performing,” she told TMZ as a cameraman/reporter asked whether DeGeneres should cancel the performance.
Monae, Williams, and Hidden Figures co-star Octavia Spencer all spoke out against Burrell’s remarks.
Monae is also set to appear on Ellen with Williams as a guest to promote the film. Who knows? Maybe she’ll perform Burrell’s part now!