Kim Burrell is featured on the soundtrack to one of the most uplifting and inspiring movies of the year, Hidden Figures, which focuses on a group of incredible Black women who strive to make change and spread positivity along that journey. Contrarily, her latest comments about another marginalized group of people don’t follow that thread of positivity as she’s gone on the attack, calling homosexuality a “spirit of delusion” and “confusion” before calling homosexuals “perverted.”
Burrell, who is set to appear on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on January 5, a talk show spearheaded by an openly lesbian woman, went on a homophobic rant before her congregation and spoke her true feelings on the community. “I came to tell you about sin,” she said. “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.”
Burrell responded today to social media backlash with a video posted to her Facebook page. A partial transcript:
“We’re not in a war with flesh and blood,” she said. “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. And whatever falls under sin was preached. What was posted isn’t how I preached too, but only that. Isn’t that something. That is the design of the enemy to make it look like I have a personal agenda against people.”
The original video has rather poor audio, but Burrell appears to also suggest that all gay people will die in 2017. Earlier this year she recorded a duet with openly queer Grammy winner Frank Ocean. But that was OK because she got paid. Probably. Burrell is supposed to perform a duet with Pharrell Williams on Ellen. He responded to the controversy today on his Instagram account.