Ellen DeGeneres and Pharrell Williams talk about Kim Burrell and her ugly, homophobic rant
Anti-gay gospel singer Kim Burrell got axed from The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week but she was a topic of discussion anyway on the show.
The host and her guest Pharrell Williams, with whom Burrell has recorded, condemned her anti-gay rant during which she warned that all homosexuals will die in 2017.
‘She said some very not nice things about homosexuals, so I didn’t feel that was good of me to have her on the show to give her a platform after she was saying things about me,’ DeGeneres said.
She added: ‘… As someone who has received a lot of hate and prejudice and discrimination because of who I choose to love, I just don’t understand anyone who has experienced that kind of oppression or anything like that, now…it only gives me more compassion. It gives me more empathy. I don’t ever want anyone to feel hurt because they are different.’
Burrell, featured on a song with Williams entitled I See a Victory, is a pastor who told her congregation: ‘That perverted, homosexual spirit is a spirit of delusion and confusion. If you, as a man, will open your mouth and take a man’s penis in your face, you are perverted. If you are a woman and you shake your breasts in another woman’s face, you are perverted.’
Williams called Burrell ‘a fantastic singer’ but made his feelings clear: ‘There’s no space, there’s no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017 or moving on. There’s no room.’
The singer also said: ‘We all have to get used to everyone’s differences and understand that this is a big, gigantic, beautiful, colorful world and it only works with inclusion and empathy. It only works that way. Live and let live. Love and let love.’
Williams has a suggestion with anyone struggling to understand and respect people’s differences:
‘Whenever you hear some sort of hate speech and you feel like it doesn’t pertain to you because you may not have anything to do with that, all you got to do is put the word ‘black’ in that sentence or put ‘gay’ in that sentence or put ‘transgender’ in that sentence or put, uh, ‘white’ in that sentence and all of a sudden it starts to make sense to you.
‘The world is a beautiful place but it does not work without empathy and inclusion. God is love. This universe is love. And that’s the only way it will function.’