Sherri Shepherd apologizes if she has offended anyone, tries to explain herself
Okay, so I saw what Sherri Shepherd said last week and now I’ve read what she is saying in response to all of the controversy she has caused.
For someone who has been appearing on television expressing her opinion for at least seven years now, she does not seem to express herself clearly.
I’m not sure exactly what she is saying in her apology but I will post it here and you can weigh in on what you think.
‘I’d like to say I’m truly sorry to anyone I’ve offended with the viewpoints I expressed,’ she said.
She also said, predictably, that her interview was ‘misrepresented.’
‘ … Only a portion of my comments were used as a headline to give the impression that I was condemning members of the LGBT community living in their own truth,’ she said. ‘In the interview, I express I was raised as a child to have a certain set of beliefs, but my beliefs have evolved significantly as my own personal relationship with Christ has increased.’
Shepherd went on to say on Tuesday’s show: ‘I believe that love is the grace of all things and I have no desire to judge anybody by who they are. I’m a person of compassion and anyone who knows me knows that I love, I accept, I embrace everybody who has love in their hearts. So I love you.’
Here’s what she said originally that started the whole thing:
She had said on the Fusion program: ‘You grow up being a Christian and you grow up believing homosexuality is a sin; you’re going to hell if you’re a homosexual. This is something that they teach in churches. So it’s something that I grew up believing.’
It appeared to be a belief that had not changed as she also said: ‘I might not agree with your lifestyle, but I love you. You may not agree with my lifestyle, but you love me … I don’t say it’s a choice. If you tell me, “Sherri, I was born gay.” OK. I’m not gonna argue with you, because I can’t tell you how you feel and what’s going on inside. … I just ask that people respect how I feel, [I] respect how you feel and we can have a great dialogue.’