Ellen cancels gospel singer’s appearance on show after homophobic remarks

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Ellen Degeneres tweeted yesterday that Kim Burrell will not appear on The Ellen Show after video surfaced of the gospel singer giving a homophobic sermon.

Burrell, who appeared on the soundtrack for the film Hidden Figures, was scheduled to perform “I See a Victory” with Pharrell on The Ellen Show this Thursday. A tape of Burrell giving a sermon without “excuses or apologies” in which she condemned “the perverted homosexual spirit” has been circulating online this week.

In the video, Burrell describes what she believes are homosexual sex acts and described them as perverted. “I came to tell you about sin. That sin nature, that perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women. You as a man, you open your mouth and take a man’s penis in your face, you are perverted. You are a woman and will shake your face in another woman’s breast, you are perverted.”

After the video surfaced, Burrell said on Facebook that she does not hate LGBT people. “I came on because I care about God’s creation. And every person from the LGBT and any other kind of thing that is supporting gay, I never said LGBT last night, I said S-I-N.”

Several other artists who appeared on the soundtrack have spoken out against Burrell, including Parrell who wrote, “I condemn hate speech of any kind.”

Pharrell will now perform alone on the show.

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