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2012 Essence Music Festival - Seminars - Day 3

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Gospel award winning singer Kim Burrell is under fire over the weekend after a sermon surfaced on social media in which Burrell bashed homosexuals stating:

“You play with the homosexual spirit in God’s house and you’ll die from it in 2017”…

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Burrell goes on to say that homosexuality is a spirit that confuses many men and women:

“I came to tell you about sin,” she said, adding, “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 breasts, you are perverted.”

She calls homosexuals “serpents” during the sermon and also implies that Bishop Eddie Long has AIDS and even says that Long is an embarrassment to the church.

“Nobody would think you have AIDS if homosexual men didn’t come out and reveal what you did behind closed doors…it’s an embarrassment to the church!!!”

A day later, Burrell, who has worked with openly fluid artists such as Frank Ocean shared a message via her Facebook Live page (recently taken down) attempting to clear things up but not apologizing.

She said “enemies” had posted only a portion of her original speech.

“I never said all gays were going to hell. I never said ‘LGBT’… I said ‘SIN’,” she added.

“To every person who is dealing with the homosexual spirit, that has it, I love you and God loves you but God hates the sin in you and me. Anything that is against the nature of God.

“I make no excuses or apologies. My love is as pure as it comes.”

Since then, several celebrities and brands have pulled back including ELLEN who has cancelled Burrell’s performance, according to Janelle Monae.


Pharell Williams and Janelle Monae both took to social media to express their disappointment and lack of support for any hate comments against the LGBTQ community.

I shouldn't even have to post this as you guys should already know where I stand but If you do not pls know I unequivocally repudiate ANY AND ALL hateful comments against the LGBTQ community. In addition, I feel we all belong to the same community, a shared community called humanity. And today and tomorrow and the next day I will continue to stand with other like minded people who condemn any and all statements and actions that would seek to deny the basic humanity of our fellow brothers and sisters. We cannot sit Idly by nor will we speak silently when we are confronted with such violence against members of our community. I am personally beyond exhausted by the ignorance and bigotry living in some people. At times I want to punch and I want to slap a lot of people when I read and hear the shit that comes out their mouthes !!! I will rejoice when folks stop thinking they ARE GOD, Jesus' assistant, picking and choosing what "sins" are acceptable in the Bible, and using the Bible as a whip! WE can't afford anymore tearing down of our shared humanity. My advice: 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. But what do I know. My hope is that we ALL go into this new year considering for one moment that we don't have all the answers. My hope is that we become more understanding, less judgmental, more tolerate, and more patient with one another. Including me. HAPPY NEW YEAR. 🙏🏿❤

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